Architectural Salvage comes to Chiswick

DIY enthusiasts should be on alert for a reclaimed materials fair on 26th May at Dukes Meadows

Whether you’re looking to redecorate, have a passing interest in architectural salvage, ecological building and renovating, or are a design professional, then this event could be for you.

Salvo is a three person partnership that aims to save some of the estimated 150,000 tons of reclaimable materials destroyed everyday in Europe. Salvo 2003 is their third fair since 1997, but the first to be held in London.

There will be a variety of items on sale, from the conventional: doors and windows, fireplaces, gates and railings, baths, and kitchenware, to the more obscure: pews, stonework, rural and domestic bygones, and the paraphernalia of everyday living from Victorian times to the 1960s.

The green-fingered will be able to buy home-grown plants and second hand garden tools. And, fitting in with Salvo’s sustainable vision, solar panels and wind generators will be on offer alongside traditional materials, from eco-friendly paints to reclaimed flagstones and wood flooring.

An unusual centrepiece for the day, in the form of a stained glass chapel, is to be built by Pritchard Stained Glass. The building will consist of antique panes including arts and craft panels saved from a demolished church in Glasgow. A previous show had a Victorian iron winter garden on display, which later sold for thousands of pounds.

The organisers are on the look out for friendly, creative people to demonstrate their skills or crafts at the exhibition. As well as regular exhibitors displaying architectural antiques, antique garden ornament and reclaimed building materials, Salvo warmly welcomes displays of complementary crafts that are sympathetic to the sustainable, salvage-friendly philosophy.

The showcase will not cost anything (apart from getting there). All you have to do is contact Salvo for more information, then turn up on the day.

Contact Salvo on 020 8761 2316 or email

Sarah Biasco

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