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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Tall buildings on station site?

Some of our comments, buried away on the comments to these posts about the Art Deco quarter, have included more info about the plans trickling out from Network Rail and from the Council. So here it is more visible: We hear that Iceland is developing plans for their building and 4 Holly Grove to be replaced by building(s) between 5 and 7 stories and extending out to take up some space into Holly Grove, narrowing the road between Iceland and McDonalds. The Council are thinking about at least a 4 storey building on Blenheim Grove / Rye Lane corner. If you don’t want these tall and taller buildings sprouting in Rye Lane, and haven’t already got yr views to the consultants, it is essential to send them in now:; and tweet @PeckhamCoDesign

save Peckham’s Art Deco Quarter

Want to save Peckham’s Art Deco Quarter? See previous Facebook info , , send views NOW: to email:;and tweet @PeckhamCoDesign

HOT OFF PRESS – Just heard that the deadline has been postponed a few days to give more time for AshSakula to prepare the overall report on local comments. So you have just another few days to get your views in. More information promised from the CoDesign team on this on Monday 27th October.

Art Deco cluster – issues

Do you want the Art Deco quarter around the station to be part of the area when the improvements to the station front are completed? If you do, it is essential that you register that with the CoDesign process TODAY or TOMORROW. The response to the posts on the Art Deco buildings indicates that the idea of an Art Deco cluster in Rye Lane is attractive. Some people have said they would like to have the station arcade preserved as part of that. If that does not succeed because of the plan to demolish it to create an open square, there is still a strong case for the preservation of the other Art Deco buildings around the station as a key part of the Art Deco quarter. If that is your view it is essential to put that idea in to CoDesign.The already restored building at 12-16 Blenheim Grove, which houses the Peckham Refreshment Rooms and The Sunday Painter, is protected as a result of the decisions taken last February after the Harriet Harman MP intervention. An additional point in favour of keeping the Art Deco buildings in Blenheim Grove and Holly Grove is that they are in very good proportion to the listed station building. The size and shape fit very well into central Rye Lane. Keeping that integrity makes great sense. Email your views to;and tweet @PeckhamCoDesign  See the comments discussion on Facebook
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Art Deco Cluster arund Station building

The cluster of Art Deco buildings around the station include the one at 12-16 Blenheim Grove, and the building on the corner – 78 Rye Lane & 2-10 Blenheim Grove. One was cleaned up and restored last year, and the other wasn’t. Seeing them side by side shows the potential there is in restoring them.

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resident’s vision for central Rye Lane

A local resident has set out his overall aspirations for the development here: and He supports the creation of the square but the restoration of the remaining art deco buildings, and the opening up of the eastern arches. This fits with the new green paths on the eastern side we have floated, and the retention and adaptation of the multi storey car park for permanent cultural uses. He proposes the demolition of the art deco building on the eastern side opposite the new square.  What do you think on any of these points?


CoDesign 22-25 October

Message from the Council’s CoDesign team: DESIGN WEEK In the  CoDesign SHOP 22-24 October 12.00-19.00. Modelling, drawing, filming: join us in the CoDesign shop for our final week and work with the team to realise your ideas.
Message from the Council’s CoDesign team: They invite you **to annotate, add to, critique and better the Atlas of Aspirations. There will be large copies on the wall for people to write on and smaller copies for people to pick apart. PECKHAM’S ASPIRATIONS // Join us on Saturday to edit the brief // CoDesign SHOP 25th 12.00-17.00**


Peckham’s Art Deco Quarter

At the Peckham Society symposium on 16th October, Benedict O’Looney gave an impassioned talk about the remarkable collection of seven Art Deco buildings within less than 100m of Peckham Rye station. This is one of the most significant surviving Art Deco clusters in a London town centre. See pdf version of display poster here:

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Peckham Vision + Peckham Society event 16th October 2014

Good turnout on Thursday afternoon to Peckham Vision’s third exhibition about Peckham town centre developments, including the scale model of central Rye Lane. Followed in the evening by the Peckham Society‘s annual symposium about central Peckham, chaired by Peter Frost from the Society, including presentations from Eileen Conn on current Planning issues affecting the town centre, from Benedict O’Looney on the wealth of historic architecture in the area around the station, and from Ulrike Stevens on the progress and future process for the CoDesign consultation. See more in following posts. See More

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16th October at Peckham Vision Studio space

TODAY at Peckham Vision studio space, Room B1.1 Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane:
from 4pm: exhibition with scale models,
7-9pm community public forum:
Recap on town centre developments, including what is emerging from the Peckham CoDesign process. Come and find out what happens next. Photos Nick Cobb. Sunrise over Peckham.

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