Primary Schools’ education resource

Our Hut, a charity which uses architecture as a starting point to develop fun learning resources for schools, has been funded by the Peckham Townscape Heritage Initiative to develop and test a series of creative and interactive lessons about Peckham town centre, its history and architecture.

Peckham has a fascinating history and there are many interesting buildings from different eras that show various architectural styles. The buildings and their history provide an exciting springboard for children to learn about the neighbourhoods they live in, how they developed and how areas change over time.

Here is the Introduction to the Resource and the Session Plans [pdf 0.86Mb]. This and all the other resources can be downloaded free of charge from ‘Community documents’ in the Community section. The resource has elements for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children, and can be used in its entirety or adapted by classroom teachers to suit their needs.

Which buildings are eligible for funding?

Forty-four historic buildings in Peckham town centre have been identified as eligible for funding. Buildings were prioritised by taking into account their age and condition, their architectural style and merit, plus their location within the town centre. As part of the application process to the Heritage Lottery Fund, in 2013, Southwark Council appointed architects to carry out a survey of each of these buildings and to make proposals for the repair and restoration works that needs to be carried out. The prioritised buildings are shown on the map below. You can download and/or print the Peckham THI Priority Projects Map, 2014-2019, [5.7Mb pdf] and they also appear in a layer on Southwark maps.

The Peckham THI Repair and Restoration Proposals 2014, [10.6Mb pdf] can be accessed here. For each of the buildings there is a historical description, a summary of its condition plus drawings showing the present and proposed shop-front. Both the freeholders and leaseholders are eligible to apply for a contribution towards repair and restoration works. Read more Which buildings are eligible for funding?

What kinds of work can be funded?

There are three categories of building work that can be funded. They are funded at different grant rates:

– The restoration and reinstatement of traditional features (eg. shop-fronts and decorative features on the console or pilaster etc.) – 75% grant available;

– building repair work (eg. the reinstatement of timber windows or works to etc.) – 50%;

– repairs that will help bring vacant upper floor space into residential use – the grant contribution on these works is assessed on a case by case basis;

– in addition to the costs of the works themselves including scaffolding, the costs of employing an architect and other technical specialists, and the costs of making a planning application, are also eligible for the grant-funding.

What is the application process?

Julie Mallett, Peckham THI Project Manager

Peckham THI Projects

Discussions are underway with a number of freeholders and leaseholders about participating in the THI. Once agreements are firmed up, information about the project will be shared on this website.

Step 1

Freeholders and leaseholders meet the Peckham THI Project Manager, to discuss the kind of works that were identified when the Repairs Proposals were developed by the Regeneration Practice. You will also be given an indication of the total costs involved, the likely contribution you will be required to make towards the works and a draft legal agreement which specifies the terms of the funding contribution.

Step 2

If the freeholder and leaseholder(s) agree to proceed, the architect and design team, who have been appointed by Southwark Council, begin detailed technical surveys of your building and discuss proposed works with you so that a clear scheme of work and accurate cost estimates can be made.

A full step-by-step guide is included in the Detailed Guidance for Freeholders and Leaseholders [pdf 1.1Mb].

THI Projects: 91-93 Peckham High Street

91 Peckham High Street is likely to be the first of Peckham THI buildings to have work started. Planning permission was secured as part of the permission to re-develop Peckham Library Square. Works will include reinstating both timber windows and a traditional timber shop-front.

Equivalent works will be undertaken at 93 Peckham High Street at the same time, so a considerable impact will be made on this central area of the town centre. Both buildings are owned by Southwark Council. It is anticipated that works will begin in the autumn of 2017.

Here is the drawing for the front of both buildings that formed part of the planning application. You can read about 91 Peckham High Street from page 52 of The Regeneration Practice’s Peckham THI Repair and Restoration Proposals [10.6Mb pdf].

Maintaining heritage properties

The majority of the buildings with the Rye Lane Peckham Conservation Area pre-date 1919. It’s important for owners and lessees to understand how to maintain their properties to avoid long-term disrepair.

SPAB, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, provide a technical advice line for one-to-one advice, and have produced a range of question and answer sheets on technical matters:

– Inappropriate cement renders;
– metal windows;
– repointing;
– lime wash; and
– rain penetration.

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation have online guidance called Caring for your home – a stitch in time, a step-by–step guide to looking building maintenance.

Traditional building skills

Over a third of the UK’s housing stock was built using traditional building methods before 1944, with 21% dating from before 1919. Yet there is a national shortage of people with skills in specialist traditional building crafts such as carpentry, stonemasonry and lime mortar work.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is keen that each Townscape Heritage Initiative contributes to the development of these traditional building skills. Where possible the Peckham THI will negotiate with contractors for the delivery of apprenticeships as part of the capital programme.

In addition the THI will work with organisations to promote training opportunities in conservation and traditional building skills. As opportunities are developed they will be posted in News and promoted through Twitter.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in traditional building crafts or building conservation, The Building Crafts College is based in Stratford and delivers a range of courses for people wanting to pursue a career in traditional building crafts and building conservation. The college offers a range of apprenticeships for people aged 16+ as well as level 4-6 courses for people with prior experience. Well worth checking out if you are interested in this field.

SPAB, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, a registered charity, has a ‘Jobs in conservation‘ section on their website which has detailed information.