Transforming Central Rye Lane

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Copeland Cultural Quarter

The land and buildings between Rye Lane and Copeland Road are a thriving mixed area of artists' studios, art galleries, a variety of small businesses, retail and creative industry, housing, faith and other community uses. The area has the feel of an emerging Cultural Quarter. A major part of the land (including the Bussey building) is owned and operated by Copeland Industrial Park (CIP), and so the area and its immediate surrounds is becoming known as the Copeland Cultural Quarter (CCQ).

The plan alongside this notice shows the location and extent of the land to the right of where you are now standing. The plan illustrates the kind of mixed organic development there could be on this site:

the gradual rehabilitation of the historic buildings integrated with new buildings, creating linked squares and courtyards, the Copeland Cultural Quarter providing a comfortable transition between the town centre in the west and housing to the east.

A number of ideas have already been produced for potential developments. They illustrate the variety of schemes that there may be, and there can be many others. Three of the sketches and outlines are displayed above. They and others are on the Peckham Vision website: Click Visions for Peckham then An alternative vision for Rye Lane Central.

This kind of plan complements and strengthens the similar vision for Peckham Rye station and the land behind it and in front. Southwark Council has agreed to find ways to push to open up the square in front of the station, and transform the land between the railway lines. An illustration of the space for a new station square is displayed above. These ideas are available on the Council’s website, in a report on Peckham Rye Station: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/Uploads/FILE_39369.pdf

Masterplan of the Copeland Cultural Quarter.
Copeland Courtyard - potential for new public realm, mixed rehabilitation and new buildings. Benedict O’Looney architect.
Intercultural Creativity & Conference Centre, view towards Copeland Courtyard. Jeffrey Gale Eco Architecture.
Copeland Cultural Quarter – aerial view potential for new public realm, mixed rehabilitation and new buildings. Benedict O’Looney architect.
A new vision for Peckham Rye station: removing the buildings in front of the station and replacing them with a public square and improved facilities for local businesses.