- 1 Latest News by Spectacle Blog
- 2 2016
- 3 2015
- 4 2014
- 4.1 Re-imagining Peckham Rye station area 7th October 2014
- 4.2 Co-Design process starts 5 August 2014
- 4.3 Launch event: Peckham Gateway co-design 20th August 2014
- 4.4 South London Press reports successful launch of community model 25 July 2014
- 4.5 Successful community public event 23 July 2014
- 4.6 23rd July 2014 3-9pm launch of community-built model
- 4.7 CODESIGN PECKHAM RYE STATION SQUARE 1st July 2014
- 4.8 Southwark News reports on the model-making 19 June 2014
- 4.9 Peckham Peculiar – ‘Remodelling Peckham Rye station’ 14 June 2014
- 4.10 Community Business proposal to Network Rail June 2014
- 4.11 Community model Station Gateway site June 2014
- 4.12 Election Planning Questions May 2014
- 4.13 Role of community in Station Gateway project May 2014
- 4.14 Peckham Rye station gets Access for all funding 27 April 2014
- 4.15 Community engagement brief for Station Gateway project April 2014
- 4.16 Letter from Network Rail to Harriet Harman MP 9th April 2014
- 4.17 New timeline for Peckham Rye station redevelopment 3 April 2014
- 4.18 Meeting with Harriet Harman MP 27th March 2014
- 4.19 Developments 11th – 25th February
- 4.20 ITV London News 3rd February 2014
- 4.21 Southwark News on the consultation 23rd January 2014
- 4.22 Station Gateway consultation 18th + 20th January 2014
- 4.23 PNAAP Modifications comments 6th January 2014
- 5 2013
- 5.1 Peckham Vision Community Pop-Up 16th-18th December 2013
- 5.2 Station Gateway consultation 30th November 2013
- 5.3 Station Gateway report at Peckham & Nunhead Community Council 25th November 2013
- 5.4 South London Press report on Gateway project 4 November 2013
- 5.5 BBC London TV report on Gateway project 3 November 2013
- 5.6 The Art Newspaper 'Unpolished Peckham has the X factor’ 18 October 2013
- 5.7 BBC TV London News 24 September 2013
- 5.8 Peckham Rye Station Gateway Project Developments Aug-Oct 2013
- 5.9 Scaffolding in Blenheim Grove September 2013
- 5.10 Open Democracy - Guardian Comment Network 29 August 2013
- 5.11 Station restoration news August 2013
- 5.12 Peckham town centre + PeckhamVision get good publicity July + August 2013
- 5.13 PNAAP Public Hearings 23 July–1 August
- 5.14 Station restoration latest June 2013
- 5.15 Station restoration news January 2013
- 5.16 5th January 2013 Peckham inter faith walk
- 6 2012
- 6.1 November 2012 staircase being revealed
- 6.2 October 2012 Latest news on the station square project
- 6.3 4th October 2012 Rye Lane Traders’ Association being formed
- 6.4 2nd to 4th August 2012 Old Waiting Room exhibition huge success
- 6.5 27 July-10 August 2012 Peckham Cultural Olympiad
- 6.6 8th June 2012 Exhibition 2-4 August in Old Waiting Room
- 6.7 16th May 2012 Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) success
- 6.8 2nd April + 26th May 2012 Portas pilot bid submitted
- 6.9 14th March 2012 Rail industry support for community initiatives
- 6.10 8th March 2012 Council chooses Peckham town centre for Portas Pilot bid
- 6.11 26 January 2012 Harriet Harman MP visits Copeland Cultural Quarter
- 6.12 17th January 2012 Community exhibition & meeting to be held on 14th March
- 7 2011
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Southwark News 3 March 2016
"Up the stairs and through time to the Peckham Rye waiting room we all forgot about" News report on the restoration work to the staircase, which will lead to public accessibility to the Old Waiting Room in the summer 2016.
Watching the very poor implementation of the 'co-design' for the station developments was so exhausting and disappointing it interfered with our ability to keep the website updated on it. Some of the actions were posted on Peckham Vision Facebook.
Re-imagining Peckham Rye station area 7th October 2014
- TUESDAY 7th OCTOBER 6-9pm COMMUNITY DISCUSSION in Bussey Building: Re-imagining Peckham Rye station area.
Co-Design process starts 5 August 2014
PeckhamCoDesign has just released the first news about the co-design process. They say:
- Prior to the launch of the Peckham CoDesign on 20th August, we are now collecting CoDesigners.
- Send us a profile photo, your name, your relationship to Peckham and a thought about the area...
- Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add it to the CoDesigner Gallery on the new website. Spread the word!
This is the last opportunity to shape how Peckham Rye Station area develops - local people need to sign up for this process and get on the list.
Launch event: Peckham Gateway co-design 20th August 2014
All Peckham residents, workers and business-owners are invited to the launch of the Peckham Rye Station co-design. The event takes place on Wednesday August 20 from 6-8pm. It will be held on the top level of the multi-storey car park at 95A Rye Lane, with drinks sponsored by Frank’s Cafe. Representatives from community engagement specialists and architects Ash Sakula and What if, who are spearheading the co-design, will attend the launch. Cllr Mark Williams, Southwark Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport, will also be there. Cany Ash from Ash Sakula has said invites to the event will be posted to the 10,000 homes and businesses closest to Peckham Rye Station.
South London Press reports successful launch of community model 25 July 2014
South London Press reports on the successful Peckham Vision event launching the community built model of the area around Peckham Rye Station.
Successful community public event 23 July 2014
The model was launched to acclaim amidst a joyous celebration of wonderful community collaboration. Locals queued before 3pm for the doors to open, and then we were kept very busy throughout and the meeting at 7pm was packed. Just recovering now from all the exertions as a 100% volunteer effort to get it ready and manage the day itself. There seemed a great buzz and we managed to attract people in from the street through our TODAY posters at the entrance and pictures along the passage into the Bussey building. There are still some buildings to be completed, and the model group sessions will resume in September. More later.
There is still room for more volunteers: email email@example.com.
23rd July 2014 3-9pm launch of community-built model
Over 30 local residents have been working together since May 2014 to build a model of the Station Gateway site and adjacent streets and junctions in central Rye Lane as they are now. The community event on 23rd July will display the model in the CLF Art Café, in the Bussey Building at 133 Rye Lane. The programme will be:
- from 3pm: demonstrations and hands-on experience of aspects of model making, Peckham Vision’s town centre exhibition, including information about the Station Gateway project and other developments;
- 6pm: short documentary film about the Station Gateway development;
- 7-9pm: slide show, mini film, talks, discussion.
There will be CLF Art Café refreshments throughout the event. The event is organised by Peckham Vision with many thanks for their generous and welcome support to the Peckham Society, Whitten Timber, Complete Fabrication, CLF Art Café and Southwark Council. download poster for Peckham Vision’s Community Event: Wed 23rd July launch of community-built model of central Rye Lane.
CODESIGN PECKHAM RYE STATION SQUARE 1st July 2014
Ash Sakula announcement:
- the first codesign event: 14th July 6.30pm-9pm at Peckham Liberal Club, 24 Elm Grove: informal drinks & discussion about using codesign processes to craft the right brief for Peckham Rye Station Square.
- "During the coming weeks our team will occupy the unused staircase of Peckham Rye Station and facilitate the co-design process. We would like to introduce ourselves to you and get to know the Peckham community. Please come and meet us! RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org"
Southwark News reports on the model-making 19 June 2014
“A scale model of a town centre is being hand crafted by a group of residents, who want to make it easy for everyone to get involved in the redevelopment of the area. Around 35 enthusiastic novices signed up to build the cardboard model of the area around Peckham Rye station so local people and developers can literally play around with their ideas…” extracted from article in Southwark News 19th June 2014.
Peckham Peculiar – ‘Remodelling Peckham Rye station’ 14 June 2014
"Community action group Peckham Vision is making a model of the Peckham Rye station area to use during the upcoming co-design process… Around 30 people have set to work making a 1:100 scale model of the site that will measure 10 square feet. The station building will be the size of a loaf of bread, and the model will include part of Rye Lane and other nearby streets…" extracted from Peckham Peculiar June 2014 issue 3 If you are interested in taking part there is still time to join up. Email email@example.com
Community Business proposal to Network Rail June 2014
Peckham Vision has developed a viable business case for an interim lease to use the Old Waiting Room as a multi purpose venue for hire once the staircase is restored and extended and before the plans for the final restoration of the Room are developed. We have asked Network Rail for discussions about our proposal and request for an interim lease.
Community model Station Gateway site June 2014
The Station Gateway site is a complex one with commercial buildings nestled amongst railway buildings, viaducts and arches. The site is divided into properties with addresses on Rye Lane, Holly Grove, Blenheim Grove, Station Way, Dovedale Court, and Blenheim Court. So we created a site map showing exactly where these places are and how they related to the plans for total clearance that we were beginning to hear about. This aid to discussion proved invaluable as during 2013 we took two deputations to the Cabinet, attended a Scrutiny Committee, and took part in many community fairs, events and meetings, and discussion about the issues raised by the plans. Then Network Rail published their proposals to clear the site and redevelop it completely. To be able to have clear discussions, local people needed to have a model of the existing buildings and their layout on the site and also the areas around the site. We had suggested to the Council during the consultations last winter that a model would be very useful for this purpose. But the Council turned down the idea as too expensive. So Peckham Vision decided to ask local people on our networks if they would be interested in making a model with us for use in the planning discussions. Many people responded enthusiastically, and over 30 are now taking part in our model making group under the expert guidance of local architects Benedict O’Looney and Clyde Watson from Peckham Vision. If you want to take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Three local organisations supporting the project are the Peckham Society, Whitten Timber and Complete Fabrication. The model is at a scale of 1:100 and is slowly taking shape building by building. It should be ready for use in a few weeks.
Election Planning Questions May 2014
Planning policies created by Southwark Council have a major effect on Peckham. The policies are developed by the political party or parties that get control through the local elections. So the Peckham Planning Network (PPN), made up of people living and working in Peckham, put some questions to the political parties standing for election to Southwark Council on 22nd May 2014. One of the questions is about the Station Gateway project. It points out that **Officers from the Council, GLA and Network Rail worked closely together from 2012 to 2014 leading up to the presentation on 18 January 2014 of Network Rail’s plans for the Peckham Rye Station Gateway development. After the plans were met by widespread concern and opposition as the wrong kind of development, councillors said that they were not happy with the proposals either. ** So
- How was it that the relevant Executive Councillor Members did not know what plans were being developed in the discussions between council officers and Network Rail?
- How will you ensure this lack of information won't happen again on this or any other significant project?
Here are the other questions: http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/images/3/3f/Election_Planning_questions_final.pdf
Role of community in Station Gateway project May 2014
The local community played a significant role in initiating and championing the proposal to open up the front of the station. But when the public authorities – Council, GLA & Network Rail – brought the funding together (2011), the community was excluded for two years from the important stage of scoping the project - its purpose and scale, and its role in the town centre economy. This led to community rejection of the proposals for major redevelopment of the whole site. The authorities then agreed to adopt a ‘co-design’ process, which is about to begin. This story is beginning to stimulate commentaries on the role of communities in the future of their own neighbourhoods in an era of major redevelopments, and in the nature of organic change compared with major demolition and rebuilding.
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Peckham Rye station gets Access for all funding 27 April 2014
Peckham Rye is included in the list of a further 42 stations to be included in the Department for Transport’s Access for All programme. This means that lifts to all four platforms will be included in the Gateway development project.
Community engagement brief for Station Gateway project April 2014
We have now received from the Council, in response to our request, a copy of the community engagement brief for the next stages of consultation on the Peckham Rye Station Gateway development. This is out for tender now to eight firms who have to respond by 8th May. The winning bidder will be selected 14th May and will be appointed by the Council in partnership with Network Rail, GLA and Southern Railways who form the project team. The community engagement work will be launched in June following the 22nd May Council elections. The brief gives the timing for the submission of the planning application as ‘Autumn 2014’.
Letter from Network Rail to Harriet Harman MP 9th April 2014
Harriet Harman MP has released for information the letter she has received from Network Rail agreeing to her request to meet them to discuss details of the Station Gateway project and the further community consultation. She says she will let people know when the meeting is arranged, and asks local people “to keep in touch to let me know your views on this important issue.” The Network Rail letter says: “the extended period [of five to six months] will allow us to undertake further meaningful engagement and consultation and engagement with key stakeholders and others in the local community, with a view to submitting a planning application to Southwark Council later in the year.” To contact Harriet Harman, email: email@example.com. See Network Rail letter here.
New timeline for Peckham Rye station redevelopment 3 April 2014
Message from Southwark Council: "We have good news that the GLA has now confirmed that they are willing to extend the deadline for the delivery of the Gateway to Peckham project and that the £5m of funding for the scheme is secure. Network Rail and the Council have decided we need to appoint some community engagement specialists to ensure the next stages of consultation (via a co-designing process) are successful. These specialists will be appointed shortly and we're expecting consultation events to start in the summer with a view to developing submitting a planning application in the autumn. Please see the press release that has been issued today."
Meeting with Harriet Harman MP 27th March 2014
Harriet Harman MP today met several businesses affected by Network Rail’s Station Gateway plans; the meeting was in the office of Copeland Park (owners of the Bussey building). There was a useful discussion about the issues they face from the uncertainty that Network Rail are issuing notices for eviction by December, even though the recent decisions mean the plans are being reconsidered. We suggested a regular news email to improve information and communications. Read more…
Developments 11th – 25th February
A local community deputation went to the Peckham & Nunhead Community Council on 12th February. Council agreed, after discussions with Harriet Harman MP, to ask the GLA to extend the timetable for the spending of the GLA £5m contribution, and to devise a ‘co-design’ process to ensure the community is properly engaged in the project design, including scope and purpose. A community campaign followed with many writing to London Mayor Boris Johnson to support this request, and the Mayor agreed.
ITV London News 3rd February 2014
Residents in Peckham say the capital's growing need for housing could soon destroy their local area. Currently there are plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment project around Peckham Rye Station, which will include blocks of flats. But locals are worried the regeneration could have a huge impact on the creative communities who live there. ITV News
Southwark News on the consultation 23rd January 2014
"It’s like an embryo growing in the womb, hacking off its leg and still expecting it to grow’ - that’s probably a first for describing plans to redevelop a train station. Yet that’s the strength of feeling - ‘bubbling hatred’ - even, at the designs for a £25m revamp around Peckham Rye station. The investment is long overdue, but as we’ve long argued in this paper, there is no point in regeneration’ if it doesn’t benefit those who lived and worked there before council planners got to work. Peckham, or at
least the area around the station, has changed drastically since this investment was first mooted, with a crop of trendy restaurants and shops springing up. The anger at Saturday’s meeting should be a warning shot to the council - don’t destroy this organic regeneration in what is a well-intentioned bid to trigger further regeneration."
babies & bathwater
Peckham Rye Station Uproar
Station Gateway consultation 18th + 20th January 2014
This next consultation will be on the design proposals for the station Gateway project:
Saturday 18th January at Rye Lane Baptist Chapel, 3pm public meeting architects’ presentation & discussion
Saturday 18th January at Rye Lane Baptist Chapel, 11am to 5pm drop-in exhibition
Further information on displays and feedback here.
PNAAP Modifications comments 6th January 2014
During the preparation for the Public Hearings July 2013, a number of local residents and organisations worked together, and from this the Peckham Planning Network (PPN) evolved. As a result the PPN submitted a response to the consultation, in addition to those from other local organisations and individuals. Responses to the consultation had to be submitted by the deadline of 5pm 6th January 2014. They will be posted on the Council’s website in due course. In the meantime here are some of them.
Peckham Vision Community Pop-Up 16th-18th December 2013
Peckham Vision’s 3 day community pop-up provided a pop-up cafe with snacks, and an exhibition with display panels on five consultations of significance for Peckham town centre. The pop-up was run by about 20 volunteers from the Peckham Vision team.
- Summary of the five consultations
- PNAAP Modifications proposed by the Inspector
- Major planning issues & Southwark Plan review
- Draft Conservation Area Management Plan & THI project
- Peckham Rye Station Gateway project & planning application
- Rye Lane Pocket Places
The exhibition included guidance and background material to make comments on each of the different consultations. Each of the panels can be downloaded individually here For the PNAAP modifications, a sample letter was provided for those who wished to support the Inspector’s proposals to strengthen the PNAAP’s protection of workspaces for the creative and artistic industries. The deadline was 5pm on 6th January 2014.
Station Gateway consultation 30th November 2013
Network Rail's architects held a consultation in the Old Waiting Room on 30 November 11am–3pm. Deadline for comments is 7th December. Some of the points to think about in all this are in the short briefing note we produced for visitors to the consultation. This consultation appears to be testing the public response to the preferred option. The consultation boards from Saturday’s event in the Old Waiting Room (see photo) are now up on the architects’ blog: http://peckhamryestation.com. Display Board 4 identifies questions about the architects’ thoughts for redevelopment of the whole site. These would require as expected the removal of the buildings in front to create the new square. But they also extend to the buildings alongside in Holly Grove and Blenheim Grove and behind the station. These buildings currently accommodate new creative businesses. Do they really need to be demolished when they are regenerating the area themselves in the existing buildings? The architects will hold another event in January to present their detailed ideas as the basis for the planning application in the Spring. It has been a disappointing wasted opportunity to leave the public engagement so late in the process, and leave just a week for this key part.
Station Gateway report at Peckham & Nunhead Community Council 25th November 2013
At the Peckham Community Council meeting on 25th November, architects Weston Williamson, commissioned by Network Rail, explained that they would be developing the planning application for the redevelopment of the station surrounds to submit in February 2014, and that they would hold a consultation event on 30 November 2013 with a deadline for comments by 6 December. There would be a further consultation on the planning application proposals in January 2014. There were a number of comments from residents and businesses that the consultation period was unacceptably short at just a week. In addition, the Peckham Planning Network, made up of local people working on planning issues in Peckham, submitted and read out a statement to the Community Council of the poor community engagement process which had wasted time in the lead up to this point as the Council and Network Rail, for more than a year, had refused to engage in any public discussions about the design concept for the proposal.
South London Press report on Gateway project 4 November 2013
http://goo.gl/lCNF0K: "Businesses remain in the dark about their future as plans are drawn up for a railway station revamp that could force dozens to leave... The owner of a mechanic’s garage based under railway arches said he had no correspondence from Southwark council about its £25million “Peckham Gateway” project to create a new station square. Mr Smith told the South London Press: “I have heard nothing except through word of mouth... It would be nice to hear something because this business has been here for 30 years and I have been here 15 years… Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The immediate next steps will be the appointment of architects by the end of October, followed by community engagement and consultation over the next couple of months... Eileen Conn, from Peckham Vision … criticised the lack of communication from the council. She said: “There has been no meaningful engagement with stakeholders or wider community. Many people who support the creation of the new square will not be aware that this still appears to be tied to the wholesale clear-out of the area.”
BBC London TV report on Gateway project 3 November 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24786785 - “A number of businesses have been told they may have to relocate under a £25m redevelopment plan for Peckham. Plans include transforming Peckham Rye Station and its surrounding area, creating a new square and encouraging cafes, bars and art shops to open. Southwark Council, which is working with the Greater London Authority and Network Rail on the project, says a business support team is in place to help those affected.”
The Art Newspaper 'Unpolished Peckham has the X factor’ 18 October 2013
http://goo.gl/FVVWK7 "Cheap rents and community spirit attract artists and galleries to this vibrant area of south London. But … Meanwhile, in Peckham, the co-director of Arcadia Missa gallery, says that rents have doubled since 2007, but that it is still cheaper than east London. Will Peckham survive the coming tide? “The work of organisations that provide affordable workspace is absolutely crucial to ensure that artists aren’t squeezed out” Margot Heller says. Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and an admirer of the area, looks to the art world’s survival instinct with hope. “The will of a few people—artists foremost, but also writers, dealers, curators and even collectors—can remake reality,” he says.
BBC TV London News 24 September 2013
Warren Nettleford BBC reported on a visit to Rye Lane Peckham of the effects of rising property prices - "Gentrification 'distorting' Peckham". The news item raised the questions whether this was gentrification and was it good or bad for Peckham. Peckham Vision was amongst those interviewed.
Peckham Rye Station Gateway Project Developments Aug-Oct 2013
The Peckham Vision mobile exhibition and the public community conversation about the project continued at several public events, and on social media summarised here. A petition for public toilets to be provided in central Rye Lane in relation to the station developments was presented by Peckham Vision and the Rye Lane Traders’ Association to the Peckham and Nunhead Community Council on 30 September 2013. Peckham Vision supported a deputation to Cabinet on 22 October 2013 of some of the businesses affected by the developments to clarify the impact of the plan.
Scaffolding in Blenheim Grove September 2013
The exterior of the shops number 12 – 16 Blenheim Grove (between the station forecourt entrance and the first railway arches) is being renovated - repaired and painted – the first for a long time. The owners, a small property company called Roundmen Limited, have these premises on a long lease from Network Rail. This work has been planned for some years. They lease the shop on the corner of the station forecourt entrance, number 12, to the owner of the hairdressers who were there till last year. Latest information is that he is refitting it for another hairdressers. The shop next door to that in the arch leading to the station entrance, with a double shuttered front, is leased by Network Rail to someone else and will in a few weeks open as a delicatessen with refreshments.
Open Democracy - Guardian Comment Network 29 August 2013
Matt Bolton - Is art really to blame for gentrification? "Art is being used as a medium for gentrification, as the middle class displaces that of the working class in poorer urban areas. While the superficiality of this movement is apparent, should the good name of art suffer as a result? … Bold Tendencies is the art space and cocktail bar standing imperiously on top of a Peckham multi-storey car park. It is charged with so much architectural symbolism it's almost funny: a sky-high contemporary gallery in one of London's poorest districts, packed each evening with painfully well-dressed young white people supping Campari bitters, who gaze down upon the streets of pound shops, mobile phone stalls and cheap clothes stores below." More: http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/matt-bolton/is-art-really-to-blame-for-gentrification
Station restoration news August 2013
The latest news is summarised in Peckham Vision's community information news sheet August 2013. This covers the work on the original staircase, the Old Waiting Room, the station square and rear (the Council's Gateway project).
Peckham town centre + PeckhamVision get good publicity July + August 2013
- the Evening Standard Magazine 2 August 2013 has a 4 page spread about Peckham: Peckhamania: out on the town in London’s newest hotspot
- Peckham Takeover of V&A Museum on Friday Late 26 July 2013 Peckham Takeover programme and pictures of the event.
PNAAP Public Hearings 23 July–1 August
Examination in Public (EIP) Hearings will start on 23 July 2013, in Council offices in Tooley Street. Further details of the daily programme of topics and more information are here. These are important discussions open to the public. Hearings now over see brief report here. Inspector's report expected in two or three months and then some limited further public consultation.
Station restoration latest June 2013
- Staircase restoration: most of the planning and permission work to complete the restoration and extend the staircase has now been done. The next stage is to raise another approx £50,000 to pay for the restoration.
- Old Waiting Room: plans are being developed for raising the funds (approx £750,000) for final restoration and also for interim uses for the room as it is, once the staircase is extended to give access from the forecourt. The room cannot be hired until then.
- Station Gateway project: the Council is developing plans for the design and development of the new front square and new commercial spaces at the back of the station. There is not yet satisfactory information about the consultation and timing on the development and the plans.
Station restoration news January 2013
The latest news is summarised in Peckham Vision's January 2013 community information news sheet Peckham Town Centre News. This covers the work on the original staircase, the Old Waiting Room, the station square and rear (the Council's Gateway project), and the historic buildings in Rye Lane and the High Street (the Townscape Heritage Inititative project).
5th January 2013 Peckham inter faith walk
On Saturday 5th January 2013 between 11am and 3.30pm, people from all faiths and none visited Christian, Muslim and Bahai faith groups in Peckham town centre. It was a gentle walk, and an enjoyable and interesting way for us all to learn more about each other as neighbours. The unanimous conclusion was that this was an excellent way to develop good connections between people of different faiths and cultures in Peckham.Short report and photos here.
November 2012 staircase being revealed
Work has started this week to open up the windowsto reveal the original iron and stone staircase in the SE tower in the forecourt. They were bricked up over 50 years ago.
October 2012 Latest news on the station square project
The money has been acquired - £5m from the Mayor/GLA, £5m from Southwark Council and some small pots from TfL and HLF. It may all total about £12m. The plans are now being developed. The aim is
- to complete the restoration of the Old Waiting Room;
- to remove the shopping arcade in front and recreate the square;
- to create access from the front of the station on the ground floor to the rear of the station, and create lift access to all 4 platforms;
- to refurbish the arches to the rear of the station (behind Bar Story) so that they can be let for town centre purposes;
- to buy out any leases, and to organise and pay for the relocation of any businesses that need to move
Sometime early 2013 the Council and Network Rail will reveal what they think they can achieve with the £12m+ in terms of those aims and ask for the public's views. Depending on the consultation process, the first 'spade in the ground' might be late 2013 or early 2014 perhaps. The plan would be to complete the works by 2015/2016. In the meantime, the current restoration of the Old Waiting Room, led by Peckham Vision and Benedict O’Looney Architects, is continuing. The next stage is to unbrick the windows in the two towers in the forecourt and restore the original staircase so that towards the end of 2013 it will enable some access to the Old Waiting Room. See Peckham Rye Stationfor more information.
4th October 2012 Rye Lane Traders’ Association being formed
Traders in Rye Lane have taken the initiative to come together to form a traders’ associationso they can combine their efforts to improve Peckham town centre. Peckham Vision welcomes this development and is contributing our experience of collaborative working in the town centre. We all have so many mutual interests. Working together strengthens the team of local people who want to improve the town centre.
2nd to 4th August 2012 Old Waiting Room exhibition huge success
Hundreds of people flocked to the exhibition in a steady stream from beginning to end over the three days: see here
27 July-10 August 2012 Peckham Cultural Olympiad
From the brochure: "This is a collection of some of the thoroughly exciting events that are taking place in the ever-lovely Peckham over the time of London’s Olympics. We are a collective of organisations and individuals, all with the aim of creating and exhibiting artistic projects of Peckham. We hope to see some new faces in our spaces, enjoying the events and getting to know those that have made them happen. Details in the brochure 'Peckham Cultural Olympiad', which gives individual contributors' websites for further details on timings of events and locations." Peckham Vision's exhibition in the Old Waiting Room is a contributor to the Olympiad.
8th June 2012 Exhibition 2-4 August in Old Waiting Room
Peckham Vision is arranging an exhibition about the town centre in the Old Waiting Room in Peckham Rye station on 2nd – 4th August as a Peckham Rye Lane contribution to the Cultural Olympiad. There will be talks and more each day. This is a rare chance to get into the Old Waiting Room off Platform 3 in Peckham Rye Station.
Exhibition times: Thurs 2nd Aug 5pm – 9pm. Fri 3rd Aug 1pm – 9pm. Sat 4th Aug 11am – 3pm.
Volunteers are needed for a few hours during the afternoon or evening on Thurs 2nd Aug or Fri 3rd Aug, or morning or afternoon on Sat 4th Aug? To find out more, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more…
16th May 2012 Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) success
Peckham was one of 12 UK bids to get through the competitive first round for the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI):see the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announcement This highlighted “An impressive range of community-led complementary initiatives will be implemented, including traditional skills training and community events”. The scheme, to be run by Southwark Council will repair and restore historic buildings on Rye Lane & Peckham High Street and contribute to the opening up of the historic public square in front of the station. The hard work now starts to develop the detailed proposals for the second round. These have to be submitted within 12 months. As Peckham Vision initiated the process with the HLF, and contributed significantly to parts of the bid, we are now working with the council officers concerned on the next stages.
2nd April + 26th May 2012 Portas pilot bid submitted
The Council has submitted a Portas pilot bid for Peckham town centre. See accompanying video. The Peckham Vision town centre meeting was the background to several of the interviews. The video is full of hope and optimism about our town centre. But we could do with just a bit of help! The Government has said it will extend the number of pilots because of huge demand across the country. 26th May: Peckham not among first 12 towns as Portas Pilots. There were 370 applications from around the country, showing the extent of local enthusiasm for town teams to revive their town centres. See Government announcement.
14th March 2012 Rail industry support for community initiatives
This was a fantastic community meeting celebrating recent achievements for Peckham town centre. Over 200 locals from Peckham's diverse social, economic and ethnic communties crowded in to the CLF Art Café in the Bussey building, to hear the latest news from Peckham Vision and the Council. Senior figures from Network Rail, Southern Railway and the Railway Heritage Trust voiced their support for community initiatives at Peckham Rye station in Peckham town centre; see video clip.
8th March 2012 Council chooses Peckham town centre for Portas Pilot bid
The Portas Pilots are a Government programmeto bring High Streets to life for the twenty first century. The Council is putting together a bid for Peckham to be one of the pilots. They have accepted Peckham Vision’s expression of interest as a potential key partner. The bid has to be submitted by 30 March 2012.
26 January 2012 Harriet Harman MP visits Copeland Cultural Quarter
The visit was arranged by Peckham Vision at Peckham & Camberwell MP Harriet Harman’s request to visit the now well known Bussey Building venue, and to see the small creative enterprises growing in the Bussey and the Copeland Quarter. See more.
17th January 2012 Community exhibition & meeting to be held on 14th March
For latest news on all the new developments at and around the station and discussions about the future come to the community meeting on Wednesday 14th March 7pm, exhibition from 4pm, see details here.
23rd November 2011 Station Square to be restored
The London Mayor announced a GLA grant of between £3-5m to help restore the square in front of Peckham Rye Station and to complete the restoration of the historic station building. Southwark Council to match funding. Peckham Vision is in discussions with the Council about the detailed work schedule which will take several years to complete. See more