Exciting new develops are happening for the people at The South London Gallery (SLG). Last week the gallery announced to be one of the successful applicants of the London Regeneration Fund designed to breathe life back into communities aimed at funding the city’s creativity and technology through innovative local projects.

The SLG was awarded £600,000 to regenerated its autonomously donated Peckham Road Fire Station, and although to some it may sound just like another renovation project in London, the Fire Station building which dates back to 1867 is the earliest surviving example of a purpose built fire station. SLG plan to beautifully restore the building and turn it into a mixed use cultural center offering flexible programming throughout the year, which I am sure will see a surge in exciting new projects and exhibitions, further boosting the art and popular culture industry. The Regeneration Fund grant will also go towards unlocking a further £1.5m for the project by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Architects 6a have been appointed to work alongside conservation and heritage experts to renovate the former Fire Station to ensure the building’s history is preserved for future generations.

Visit www.southlondongallery.org/firestation for further information, and to find out how you could support the development project please contact firestation@southlondongallery.org

Words: Michelle Siddall

Image: SLG