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AJ hosts design day in Peckham

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Six architecture firms and six lighting designers joined forces last week to ‘make Peckham even better’ during a day-long design event at Will Alsop’s Stirling Prize-winning Peckham Library

The AJ/Philips Peckham Charette saw architects Duggan Morris, Pie, Robin Lee Architecture, BDP, Konishi Gaffney, and Lee Marsden with Ben Adams develop schemes for six key sites around Rye Lane. The brief, drawn up by AJ deputy editor Rory Olcayto, was based on Southwark Council’s Peckham and Nunhead Area Action Plan and also called for a lighting strategy to link the projects.

Kicking off the event was Southwark cabinet member for regeneration, councillor Fiona Colley. She said: ‘I hope the work you do today will contribute to “making it happen”.’

Projects were reviewed by a crit panel led by DC CABE chairman Paul Finch, and included Duggan Morris’ scheme to transform the Aylesham shopping centre into a food distribution and restaurant area; BDP’s plans for Eagle Wharf as a cultural and residential quarter; and Pie’s vision for Rye Lane station.

Robin Lee Architecture proposed a gateway live/work block at the south end of Rye Lane, while Konishi Gaffney designed a cultural district around the Hannah Barry Gallery.

Lee Marsden with Ben Adams suggested a cultural development and top floor spa with panoramic views for a multi-storey car park.

Crit panel judge Pankaj Patel of Patel Taylor said he was ‘really impressed by the sensitivity from micro to macro-scale’.

Southwark Council’s design and conservation manager Michael Tsoukaris, also judging, said: ‘The challenge for the council is to take these ideas, run with them and see how far we get.’

Fellow judge Olcayto added: ‘It’s great to see how each team approached the task, with individual building proposals and long-term design strategies tailored to suit each site.’

An exhibition of the projects will open at the end of March.

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