Mayor unveils plans for major revamp of Peckham Town Centre

The Mayor of London and Southwark Council have announced plans for a major revamp of Peckham Town Centre:

The proposed £3-5m project will be funded by the Mayor’s £70m Regeneration Fund, set up to help repair the damage caused to high streets and town centres in the August riots, £20m of which was secured from central Government and the rest from City Hall.

Working together, the Mayor, Southwark Council and its partners are developing a proposal that will help Peckham Town Centre benefit from extension of the East London Line and see improvements to the platforms and facilities at Peckham Rye station as part of the National Station Improvement Programme. Highlights include:

  • Creating a new, high quality public square outside Peckham Rye station - by clearing and demolishing the arcade buildings in front of the station and installing the electricity and lighting infrastructure needed to allow flexible use of the area, for example to locate outdoor market stalls.
  • Transforming the plaza to the rear of Peckham Rye station - by relocating existing light industrial businesses and refurbishing the railway arches to a high standard to stimulate investment and support growth of the night-time economy.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The plans put forward for Peckham Rye are hugely exciting and have the potential to boost the local economy and bring great benefits to everyone living in the area. I really hope the community get behind these plans and give them the support they need to become a reality.”

Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration at Southwark Council, said: “Peckham's Rye Lane was once one of London's premier shopping streets featuring department stores like Jones & Higgins, but sadly it's become rather run down. For instance Peckham Rye Station is a beautiful Victorian Grade II listed building, but it's hidden away from view behind a tatty shopping mall. In recent years we've been working with local residents' group, Peckham Vision, to improve the station starting with the old waiting room. What we really want to do is knock down the mall and create a fantastic new public square in front of the station - a grand entrance is just what Peckham needs to welcome residents and visitors alike and to help kick start the local economy."

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helen said...

I am very excited about this. I'm glad Boris thinks this is exciting too, but the scrapping of the Victoria line service is still unacceptable, however great the ELL is going to be.

Anonymous said...

As far as I'm aware, the station and area around it weren't affected by the riots? Are they just using that as an excuse for gentrification?

Peckham Rye Lane is a great spot for shopping, you can get anything there, really cheap. Plus it's the most exciting place in South London in terms of atmosphere.
Let's hope the regeneration retains this buzz.

Tressilliana said...

A branch of Gregg's was burned out during the riots a short walk down Rye Lane from the station. Virtually opposite a branch of the Money Shop had its windows smashed.

fidgad said...

Didn't they also loot Poundland and Primark?

Which of course begs the question why?

kolp said...

I hope this revamp is more successful than Brixton's.

Anonymous said...

Yeah it's gentrifying alright the Netto is now an Asda.

Anonymous said...

Having recently got a £200 fine by straying into the poorly marked Peckham Lane bus only section I feel that Peckham is an area best avoided for car owners.

Peckham a premier shopping centre?

Dream on!

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