The Peckham Townscape Heritage Initiative
The Peckham Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) has funded the repair of historic buildings in Peckham town centre. Alongside this programme of building works, the Peckham Heritage Regeneration Partnership (PHRP) has developed and delivered projects to encourage and support community involvement in Peckham’s built and social heritage.
This Peckham THI is the result of years of work to promote awareness of Peckham town centre’s historic built environment by Peckham Vision and the Peckham Society. The THI bid was prepared by Southwark Council’s Design and Conservation Team.
The Peckham THI was completed in 2024, with the publication of ‘Peckham’s Heritage – Past, Present & Future’ by Derek Kinrade, Benedict O’Looney and the Peckham Heritage Regeneration Partnership. More information about the book here.
With the completion of the THI, the Peckham Heritage Regeneration Partnership has evolved into Peckham Heritage, a local community group formed to carry on the work of the THI and protect and explore the diversity of heritage in Peckham.
A new lease of life for Peckham’s buildings
In 2016, £2.3 million grant funding was secured to deliver the Peckham THI. This unlocked opportunities to restore and repair some of Peckham town centre’s oldest and finest buildings.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund granted £1.675m, Southwark Council granted £625,000 and building owners contributed funding for works to be undertaken on their properties.
The THI contributes to the special character and appearance of the Rye Lane Peckham Conservation Area by supporting works to the external fabric of key buildings and shopfronts. Works have been delivered according to the specific standards required for conservation projects, using appropriate materials and craftsmanship.
Eight properties clustered around the junction of Peckham Hill Street and Peckham High Street in the town centre have already been repaired and restored. Works to the final property will be complete by the end of 2022.