Pop Community has revealed its final designs to transform Peckham Car Park into a creative community space for local people, artists and businesses, Peckham Levels, in Southwark, south London.
The company hosted a series of initial public consultations on 4th and 6th February, during which members of Peckham community were given the opportunity to feedback on the initial proposals. The final designs were then revealed to the public at follow-up events on 18th and 20th February.
The project answers the high demand for creative space and the proposal will be spread over the six levels with:
Over 20, 000 ft² of artist’s studios, maker workshops and shared workspace for young creative businesses, comprising 47% of the entire project (levels 1, 2, 3 and 4)
Over 20, 000 ft² (46%) will provide gallery, performance and multipurpose events space (Levels 5 and 6)
As well as addressing the needs of Peckham’s celebrated creative community, Peckham Levels has been designed as an asset for the wider Peckham community, reflecting the feedback received from the public during the consultations.
“Amazing feedback from the local community has informed our latest proposals which we will now take forward into planning”, commented Carl Turner. “We have a great team working hard to bring the vision to life as quickly as possible with work due to start in spring this year. Thanks again to everyone who turned up at the consultation events and for their inspiring and supportive positivity.”
With the aim of integrating its members with local people, community groups and schools, the scheme includes a series of community initiatives offering free events space, training, education and employment opportunities.
All members will be independent artists and businesses, drawn primarily from the local area.
Members will be selected based not only on their artistic or entrepreneurial merit, but also on their commitment to contributing positively to the community around them.
The multi-purpose event space is said to be available for free use by local community groups for at least 25% of the time.
It is claimed that 600 jobs will be created throughout the course of the project.
The firm claims 10% of the profits will be used to create a community fund, for reinvestment into local businesses, community groups and projects.
All tenants will participate in the Peckham Levels community investment scheme, dedicating at least 1 hour a week of volunteer time to giving back to the community.
Pop Community Ltd will continue to engage with the community in the lead up to the launch in October, with a number of focus groups taking place over the next few months, as well as workshops to guide the overwhelming number of applicants through the application process. In addition, a steering group will be set up, with key local stakeholders, to help inform decisions regarding the day-to-day management and use of the community spaces.
The celebrated arts organisation Bold Tendencies and the famous rooftop bar Frank’s Café will continue to operate from the upper floors of the car park, the popular Peckham Plex cinema will remain on the lower levels, with the new plans transforming the intermediate levels. In collaboration with the existing tenants, the scheme will turn the Car Park into a year round hub of creative activity.
Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes, said:
“Despite receiving lot of interesting ideas from various organisations for the car park, we felt the Pop Community proposal is the best fit for Peckham and I am looking forward to seeing this new life being breathed into the car park and our local communities, businesses and visitors, enjoying the array of activities that will be on offer.”