Mayor gives £600k boost to gallery’s fire station plans

Admin (28 January, 2016)

In September the South London Gallery was gifted the Peckham Road Fire Station

7584The former Peckham Road Fire Station

Plans to turn an old fire station into a cultural centre are cooking on gas after a £600,000 cash boost from the Mayor of London.

In September the South London Gallery was given the Peckham Road Fire Station – and former sausage factory – by an anonymous donor.

The gallery was subsequently granted a quarter-million pound Heritage Lottery Fund grant to restore the listed building. A further £1.5m was also earmarked to be released by the HLF when £2m has been raised from other sources.

Good news then that the Mayor of London has this week committed £600,000 to the project from the London Regeneration Fund.

The building dates from 1867 and is the earliest surviving example of a purpose-built fire station in London. The now-derelict, four-storey building will be transformed into a new art space, allowing the gallery to expand its exhibitions and events programme.

The building operated as a fire station for 50 years after opening and subsequently became the offices and factory for Kennedy’s Sausages.

The cultural centre is expected to open in 2018.

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