Top of the pops

By James Renoux-Wood - Fri 4 March 2016, 5:02 pm

Pop Community has revealed its final design proposals to transform Peckham Car Park into space for local artists and entrepreneurs to work and put on exhibitions.

The Peckham Levels project will see 1,858sq m of artists’ studios created – and the same allocation for gallery and performance space. It is estimated around 600 jobs will be created throughout the course of the project. Local community groups will use the space for 25% of the tme.

Southwark Council appointed Pop Community – a collaboration between award-winning architect Carl Turner and property start-up, The Collective – to the project in November 2015. The group formerly delivered the similar scheme, Pop Brixton. 

Consultation with the public saw final design proposals revealed at events between 18 and 20 February.

Carl Turner said: "Amazing feedback from the local community has informed our latest proposals which we will now take forward into planning. 

"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."

Pop Coummunity will continue to engage with the public up until the launch of the project in October 2016. Subsidised rents will be avialbale on 10 to 20% of the studios. Ten per cent of the profits will be used to create a community fund, for reinvestment into local businesses, community groups and projects. 

Arts organisation Bold Tendencies and the rooftop bar Frank’s Café will continue to operate from the upper floors of the car park and the popular Peckham Plex cinema will remain on the lower levels.

Councillor 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."








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