A group of local people have watched the sad decline of this listed — and hugely significant — building, Enderby House, with dismay. We’ve already started talking to the representatives of Barratt, the development company, about possible uses for the building.
And we’re talking to Alcatel-Lucent, which still employs skilled people in Greenwich, 164 years after the first subsea cables were made here, to develop and make submarine repeater equipment in its labs and factory behind Enderby House.
The winding gear — used until the 1970s to load cable onto the cable-laying ships — is still there on the riverbank, but its future is even more uncertain than that of Enderby House. We believe Alcatel-Lucent still owns this historic cable loading equipment and the jetty on the riverside — see picture, left.
But we want to work with everyone in the community to find out what can be done to save Enderby House and the riverbank equipment and to turn them into a secure, long-lasting tribute to the astonishing work that the people of Greenwich have done to create the information revolution over the past 164 years.