Peckham Rye Station plans steam ahead

By Jim Dunton - Fri 17 January 2014, 5:15 pm

Proposals to comprehensively redevelop the area around Peckham Rye Station have taken another step forward.

Infrastructure operator Network Rail has launched a second round of consultation on its vision for the wholesale regeneration of the station area, which is part of wider improvements already taking place at the Rye Lane station, including new lifts and ticket machines.

Under the proposals, the existing station arcade would be demolished for one of two new public squares to be created in the areas between the station’s elevated railway lines, while three new apartment blocks would be constructed on neighbouring streets, ranging in height from four to seven storeys, and devoting their ground-floor space to commercial use.

The latest designs, drawn up by Weston, Williamson and Partners, also include the introduction of a range of “artisan and retail studios” on Blenheim Grove, and the construction of an anchor commercial building in part of Dovedale Court, at the rear of the station building.

Glass extensions would also be added to the railway arches opening onto Dovedale Court to provide new commercial units for what would be the redeveloped station area's second public open space.

Network Rail said the original Grade II-listed station building had been effectively “hidden for many years” and that the proposed redevelopment would make the buildings and spaces that surrounded it “cleaner, safer and more useful for both residents and station visitors”.

It added that a planning application for the scheme was expected to be submitted to Southwark Council in “early spring”.