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Plans revealed to turn Peckham car park into £10m arts centre

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The driving force behind Practice Architecture’s Peckham rooftop café has announced plans for a £10 million arts centre in the south London district

Gallery owner Hannah Barry has unveiled a bid to transform the town centre’s underused multi-storey car park into a ‘kunsthalle-style’ arts space including galleries, studios and workshops.  

Speaking to the AJ, Barry said: ‘The idea is for an arts building in south London with activity on the roof and and kunsthalle-style uses inside.

She added: ‘There is an urgent need to do something with the building as soon as possible. A developer could make millions turning it into flats which means now is the time to make an alternative proposal which I think could make a greater contribution to the area and the public.’

The top most floors and roof of the Brutalist concrete structure hosted Barry’s ‘Bold Tendencies’ exhibition for the past six years.

The exhibition included Frank’s Café (pictured), a temporary pavilion designed by Practice Architecture with Price & Myers.

An architect for the arts centre project has yet to be announced.

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