Peckham Last August’s disturbances revealed that the overwhelming majority of Peckham’s residents, businesses, faith groups and young people view their unique area with great affection. This formidable community spirit will inform the priorities of the Peckham and Nunhead Area Action Plan (PNAAP), which provides a planning framework to ensure lasting improvements can be delivered over the next 15 years. Southwark Council and local people are working closely together to determine the amount, type and location of new homes that will be built. But the PNAAP also reflects that Peckham and Nunhead are home to many creative and entrepreneurial people. Public art gallery Peckham Space increases access to contemporary art by working with community groups. The South London Gallery on Peckham Road since 1891, opened new buildings in 2010 designed by 6a Architects. The Hannah Barry Gallery on Copeland Road 40 issue 8 winter 2011/12
adds to Peckham’s growing reputation as a contemporary art hotbed. Southwark has flexibly approached planning and licensing of innovative new enterprises. Frank’s Café, a temporary ‘pop up’ bar and sculpture exhibition space designed by Practice Architecture was located on top of Peckham’s multi-storey car park. Peckham Shed Theatre, runs a range of workshops for children and young people. Building work is under way on the flagship Thames Reach Employment Academy, due to open in summer 2012. The employment academy will help Southwark and Lambeth residents – including formerly homeless people – to find work. Contractor Lakehouse, which is refurbishing the Grade 2 listed building, has allocated 10 placements to unemployed people. The project is funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and is a crossborough initiative supported by Southwark and Lambeth councils as well as the London Mayor’s Office.
Above: Originally built in 1904, the BaroqueVictorian Thames Reach Employment Academy is currently being developed and will help Southwark and Lambeth residents to find work.