Local architects appointed for multi-million pound station redevelopment

Published on : Friday, November 22, 2013

Christmas railNetwork Rail, Southwark Council and the Greater London Authority are working together to bring the area around Peckham Rye station back to life, investing £25m to deliver improvements.

Weston Williamson and Partners, the award winning architects behind gateway projects for Crossrail, the DLR and London Overground have been appointed by Network Rail and Southwark Council.

The proposed redesign is likely to include a new square in front of the Grade 2 listed building, which has been hidden for many years. The aim will be to make the buildings and spaces that surround the station cleaner, safer and more useful for both residents and station visitors. This will add to the wider improvements already taking place at the station, including new lifts and ticket machines.

Philip Breese, partner of Weston Williamson and Partners said; “The redevelopment of the station and its associated retail area is an important one for Peckham Rye and, particularly as a local firm based in London Bridge, we are delighted to have been appointed to play a role in making it happen.”

Tom Higginson, Network Rail’s director of planning & land services said; “2012 saw increased services and improved connections at Peckham Rye station due to the completion of the East London line. Network Rail and Southwark council are now working to revitalise the area around the station, with our investment helping to drive regeneration, boost the local economy and support existing and new local businesses.”

Cllr Fiona Colley, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Corporate Strategy at Southwark Council, said; “Peckham’s image is already transforming and is now more associated with cool bars, rich diversity and art than the grey brick and dodgy wallpaper of Del Boy’s day. It’s time the train station, the first thing many visitors to Peckham see, reflects the changes to the wider area as well as revealing Peckham’s great heritage.

“We’re really pleased that Weston Williamson and Partners are now starting work on this essential project, and we’re looking forward to working with the local community in the coming months to design the perfect gateway to Peckham.”

As plans develop, the local community will be consulted and designs will be submitted to seek planning permission in spring 2014. A community event will be held on Saturday 30 November, 11am – 3pm at The Old Waiting Room, Peckham Rye Station where people can find more information on the plans.

Source:- Network Rail

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