Fire Station Development
Peckham Road Fire Station, 1905. London Metropolitan Archives, City of London
LAWRENCE WEINER, ALL IN DUE COURSE, 2014. Courtesy of Lawrence Weiner (c) ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014. Photo by Andy Keate
Former Peckham Road Fire Station during Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today Courtesy: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and SLG. Photo Andy Stagg
The South London Gallery has been gifted the Grade II listed former Peckham Road Fire Station, across the road 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, enabling the SLG to expand its internationally acclaimed contemporary exhibitions and events programme, and its award-winning education work with local residents. It will also make the SLG’s archives publicly accessible for the first time, supplemented by an extended archive documenting the social, economic and cultural history of the local area. This new development will enable the SLG to respond to increasing demand for its programmes, simultaneously ensuring that the Fire Station will be preserved for future generations to enjoy and provide much-needed free public space at a time of rapid change in the local area.
A successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has secured a £254,000 development grant towards planning the restoration work, the digitisation of the archives, and a programme involving local residents in shaping the future of the Fire Station. In January 2016 the SLG was awarded £600,000 from the Mayor’s London Regeneration Fund to go directly towards renovating the building, securing the space for public benefit at a time of rapid change in the local area. In February 2016 over £500,000 raised from the auction of major works generously donated by the artists Tracey Emin and Sir Antony Gormley, in support of the project. These funds will go towards unlocking a further £1.5m earmarked for the project by the HLF.
Conservation and heritage experts have been appointed to work alongside architects 6a to renovate the former Fire Station and ensure the building’s fascinating history is preserved for future generations. 6a architects, who worked on SLG’s award-winning 2010 building extension, have been appointed to develop detailed designs for the building. 6a have earned a reputation for working sensitively with both new and historic buildings in a variety of cultural contexts including Raven Row, Milton Keynes Gallery, and Modern Art Oxford.
It is envisaged that the renovated Fire Station will open to the public in 2018. Find out more about how to support the Fire Station here.
History of the former Peckham Road Fire Station
The former Peckham Road Fire Station was awarded Grade II status in 1991 with English Heritage recognising its importance as the earliest surviving purpose-built fire station in London, if not nationally. Designed in the Gothic-style 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 120 metres away from the South London Gallery’s main site, adjacent to Pelican estate and opposite Oliver Goldsmith Primary School and Sceaux Gardens estate.
With thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Mayor’s London Regeneration Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, City Bridge Trust, Foyle Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, Charles Hayward Foundation, Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Matthew Slotover and Emily King, Christie’s, Sadie Coles HQ, kurimanzutto, Heritage of London Trust, The Architectural Heritage Fund, and all other supporters.
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