The former Southwark Town Hall in Camberwell was the venue for the preview of a short film on 12 September, produced by 3Fox International and featuring Southwark residents discussing the positive impact of regeneration on their lives.
Alumno Developments’ latest scheme delivers refurbishment of the 1930s building, which will be home to around 120 students. Theatre Peckham was based at the rear of the old town hall and will now gain a new, larger auditorium with dedicated rehearsal space. The ground and lower ground floors of the building feature 12 self-contained studios for artists.
Alumno Developments was the host and sponsor, HG Construction and Homes for Students provided the catering.
The video was launched, along with the 15th edition of Southwark magazine, at an event attended by 120 guests, including council chiefs and property industry executives.
Eleanor Kelly, chief executive of Southwark Council, said: “We’re gathered together for the 15th time for the latest edition of Southwark, the regeneration magazine, which is a window to the world for all the massive wave of regeneration and development that has been taking place over the last decade or so. The council is open to business and the things we do mean that regeneration in Southwark is a flagship for London boroughs.”
Kelly reminded the audience that Lendlease’s Trafalgar Place development is shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.
Councillor Mark Williams, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and new homes, reiterated the message: “We welcome investment into Southwark, which brings benefits for our residents – new council homes, the biggest housebuilding programme in the country and expansion of all our schools.
“We’re also using the benefits of investment in places like our old town hall – by working with Alumno, we’ve got students coming here and spending money in the local economy. Also through planning gain, we’ve got a brand new £3.4 million home for Theatre Peckham, a fantastic resource for the local area. John Boyega, star of the most recent Star Wars, started off at Theatre Peckham in its previous home – and that’s the sort of ambition we have for our residents.”
Williams’ delivered an open invitation to investors: “Come and talk to us if you’ve got ideas, schemes you’d like us to consider – we’re all ears, as long as we get big benefits for our residents, keeping Southwark at the absolute forefront of regeneration, building the homes and getting in the jobs that our city so desperately needs.”
David Campbell of Alumno Developments, said: “I would recommend anyone to work in Southwark. Alumno is 10 or 11 years in operation and our history owes quite a lot to Southwark. A lot of our initial projects really got off the ground because the council was prepared to give us the time, a platform and space to develop our ideas. As a young developing business at that time, it was critical to our success and I would hope other people would have that experience as well.”
Residents are benefited not just from new housing – employment rates in Southwark have increased by 10% in just six years, according to council leader, Peter John: “We’re a borough that has been open for business since 2010, encouraging people to come and invest, encouraging people to bring along apprenticeships and employment programmes. I want to thank you for the part that you playing in ensuring that Southwark residents are absolutely the direct beneficiaries. I’m incredibly proud of that statistic.”
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Read the 15th edition of Southwark magazine below. Video to appear soon.
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