Southwark Council is to establish a new beauty boulevard in Peckham and is looking for an organisation to run it.
Peckham Palms will see the creation of a set of Afro-Caribbean hair and beauty salons along Bournemouth Close, with the aim to provide a new beauty destination.
The project has been conceived amid plans for a new public square in front of Peckham Rye station – the Gateway to Peckham project. The plan will see many salons in the area relocate, and the council said it wanted to help these businesses move without a negative impact on the number of their customers.
So instead of moving the salons to different units across Peckham, a specially designed row of units has been designed along the road to accommodate around 40 specialists.
Subject to planning permission, the new venture will open in winter 2016.
Councillor Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes, explained how the project evolved.
He said: "In the beginning, Peckham Palms was a creative solution to help the many hair and beauty businesses around the station find new premises during the construction.
"However, we now have a more ambitious vision. We want to make sure the businesses relocating to Peckham Palms not only get the full business and marketing support they need, but grow and [make the area into] the number one spot for Afro-Caribbean hair and beauty in London."
The Peckham Palm managers the council is looking for will have a variety of responsibilities, from the day-to-day running of the units to supporting and promoting the independent businesses inside.
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