Visualisation of the Former Peckham Road Fire Station

View of proposed exterior of the former Peckham Road Fire Station by 6a architects

The South London Gallery (SLG) will open its new annexe, the nearby former Peckham Road Fire Station, on 20 September 2018.

The Grade II listed building on Peckham Road dates from 1867 and is the earliest surviving example of a purpose-built fire station in London. Donated by an anonymous benefactor in 2015, the Fire Station development includes new exhibition and education spaces, an artist’s studio and communal kitchen.

The redesign, led by 6a architects, creates a series of spaces over four floors, maintaining the original layout of rooms as far as possible. This expansion will enable the SLG to take a more ambitious and experimental approach to programming than ever before, furthering its reputation for bringing new work by internationally acclaimed and lesser known artists to an area of London with a fascinating local history.

We aim to make simple, elegant interventions, sensitive to the original building that meet the South London Gallery’s needs but also provide opportunities beyond the brief for the gallery to expand its inspirational programme.

Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald, Directors, 6a architects

A new education space will allow the Gallery to expand its innovative arts programme in the local area.

The SLG’s extensive archive of its 126 year history, in addition to material relating to the social, architectural and cultural history of the local area, will be available to the public for the first time both digitally and through changing displays in a dedicated archive gallery.

The Fire Station is located 100 metres away from the SLG’s main site, adjacent to Pelican estate and opposite Oliver Goldsmith Primary School and Sceaux Gardens estate.


Be part of the South London Gallery’s future

We have 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 the final stage of our fundraising campaign is underway to secure the final £400,000 in order to open the building to the public in 2018.

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