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ASH protest Stirling Prize

RIBA, Portland Place, London. Thu 6 Oct 2016
 


 Protesters at the Portland Place building of RIBA for the annual Stirling prize ceremony

 A poster calls for Piecry & Co and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to be investigated

 Campaigners from the Aylesbury Estate being demolished by Southwark under Peter John and Lend Lease

 A man attending the prize-giving stops to talk with a protester

 'Architecture is Always Political!', a quote from Richard Rogers

 People walk past protesters on their way in to the gala event. Some stop to look and talk

 Security staff and police on the steps keep the campaigners away from the doors

 A woman wears a mask of Southwark Council leader Peter John.

 A man on his way to the gala event looks at the postcard architect Geraldine Dening of ASH is handing out

 Trafalgar Place is built on the site of the Heygate estate, replacing social housing by expensive flats

 Southwark council spent years running down the Heygate and moving families out

 most had to move long distances away from their homes. They sold the estate at a knockdown price to developers Lend Lease.
The new developments will have virtually no remotely affordable housing

 Tanya Murat of Southwark Defend Council Housing

 Aysen from the Aylesbury Estate where people are still fighting for their homes against Southwark Council

 'Hands Off Our Homes' and a Pearly Queen 'Council Homes for People NOT pro£it'

 More people take cards from Geraldine Dening on their way into the gala presentation

 The card shows one of the places well outside London where house owners from Heygate could afford property - recently the Conservative housing minister turned down a Southwark Council compulsory purchase order saying the compensation offered was grossly unfair and breached the leaseholders human rights. Heygate leaseholders got around half the value of similar properties close to where they lived. A map on the reverse of the card showed where they had to move out to so they could afford to buy replacement properties.

 Simon Elmer of ASH speaks

 Peter John, Southwark Council leader who campaigners say sold the Heygate to Lend Lease at a fraction of its value
    
 gives a dismissive wave to the protesters as he goes into the Stirling Prize event

 

 

 Many of the protesters wore masks showing RIBA President Elect Ben Derbyshire 

 whose comments on social housing have disgusted many. 

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