Carl Turner Architects’ project to convert a car park in Peckham into workspace has been granted planning permission by Southwark Council
The south London council has given the practice a five-year consent to turn seven levels of the 1980s building into event and office space.
The 17m-tall multistorey car park currently provides 353 parking spaces and hosts the famous Frank’s Café by Practice Architecture as well as creative enterprise Bold Tendencies on its upper levels during the summer months. These businesses will continue to operate under the plans.
Proposals include 8,731m² of floor space, including 5,022m² of workspace. There will also be 1,521m² of restaurant and café space and 1,725m² of leisure uses.
The practice hopes the project will turn the car park into a creative hub for the local community and provide space for some 600 people from independent businesses to work in. Parts of the building will also be free for members of the public to use.
Carl Turner, director of Carl Turner Architects, said: ‘The project is all about building on the unique character of Peckham and creating an amazing space that will provide life changing opportunities for at least 600 people, who will we hope work in the building daily.
‘We believe this will reinforce Peckham as a growing creative powerhouse within London, but one which focuses on engaging and nurturing local talent.’
The project is a collaboration between Carl Turner Architects and The Collective. It is being backed by Make Shift and Southwark Council.
Carl Turner Architects was appointed to convert the car park last November by Southwark Council.
Work is expected to start in August with phase on due for completion around October 2016.
peckham levels existing structure and initial concept
Source: Carl Turner Architects