Peckham Road Fire Station
Lawrence Weiner, All In Due Course, 2014. Installation view on facade of former Peckham Road Fire Station. Courtesy of Lawrence Weiner (c) ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014
Photography by: Andy Keate

An anonymous benefactor has gifted the Grade II-listed former Peckham Road Fire Station to the South London Gallery.

The donation means the gallery can transform the derelict 1867 building – London’s earliest surviving example of a purpose-built station – into a new cultural centre across the road from its existing site.

Says the gallery’s director, Margot Heller: ‘The gift of the fire station to the South London Gallery was an exceptionally generous philanthropic act and a complete surprise.’

Peckham Road Fire Station, 1905. London Metropolitan Archives, City of London.
Peckham Road Fire Station, 1905. London Metropolitan Archives, City of London

Heller adds: ‘We want to create a welcoming and truly special place to experience contemporary art, and to work closely with local residents in realising that vision.’

South London Gallery has already secured £254,000 in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to map out the four-storey building’s restoration, which would allow it to host more exhibitions and showcase its archives for the first time.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has earmarked a further £1.5 million for the project providing the gallery raises £2 million from other sources. If the funding target is met, the renovated Peckham Road Fire Station could open in 2018.



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