The South London Gallery has been given the Grade II listed former Peckham Road Fire Station, 100m from the SLG’s main site, by an anonymous benefactor.
Dating from 1867 and the earliest surviving example of a purpose-built fire station in London, the derelict, four-storey building will be transformed into a new cultural centre. The expansion into the Fire Station will double our public spaces, transforming the SLG’s scope and reach, including new exhibition spaces for exhibitions by national and international artists as well as new education and event spaces and a new archive room, opening up the SLG’s archives for the first time.
We have so far raised £3.6m of the overall £4m fundraising target to restore the Fire Station, including major support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Mayor of London. Building work commenced in March 2017 and is running on time and to budget. We have now embarked on the final stage of our fundraising campaign to secure the final £400,000 in order to open the building to the public in 2018.
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The design of the building is led by acclaimed and current RIBA Stirling-Prize-nominated architectural practice 6a, who also worked on SLG’s award-winning 2010 building extension.
History of the former Peckham Road Fire Station
Designed in the Gothic-style by Edward Cresy Junior, with a degree of civic character, the functions of the newly-founded Metropolitan Fire Brigade is readable in the architecture in particular the appliance bays on the frontage and the inclusion of accommodation on the upper storeys being of special interest. It operated as a Fire Station for 50 years and subsequently became the offices and factory for Kennedy’s Sausages. In 2014 the building was placed on the English Heritage At Risk Register.
The Fire Station is located 100 metres away from the South London Gallery’s main site, adjacent to Pelican estate and opposite Oliver Goldsmith Primary School and Sceaux Gardens estate.
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Image: View of the former Peckham Road Fire Station during Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, 10 June–11 September 2016. Courtesy: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the South London Gallery. Photo Andy Stagg.