Press Release 21.01.2024

Gillespies chosen for prominent Peckham scheme

Gillespies has been chosen by Berkeley Homes and Southwark Council to design the landscape for the redevelopment of the Aylesham Shopping Centre site in Peckham. The Peckham town centre, spanning over 2.71 hectares (6.75 acres), connects the important shopping streets of Rye Lane and Peckham High Street with residential communities to the south and east. The site is occupied by a rundown 1980s shopping arcade, Morrisons supermarket, petrol station, and a large surface-level car park.

The project's objective is to establish a vibrant and lively quarter in the town centre that truly reflects Peckham's unique identity as a diverse and inclusive community and further strengthens its position as a bustling and lively destination. The development will prioritise the creation of a series of meaningful new public spaces that have been expertly designed by Gillespies, where complementary retail, leisure, cultural, and creative uses can thrive alongside the new homes being provided.

dRMM is the masterplan architect and is joined by a wider team of exceptional local emerging architecture practices, namely Jas Bhalla, nimtim, Dowen Farmer, and Feix&Merlin. Their invaluable expertise and understanding of the area's unique dynamics will be instrumental in shaping the project and guaranteeing its resonance with the community it serves.

The designs will look beyond the site boundary to fully integrate with the wider Peckham Town Centre and surrounding neighbourhoods. The focus will be on establishing a strong connection with the Jones & Higgins clock tower building, the northern section of Rye Lane, and Peckham Bus Station.

We are delighted to be a part of this outstanding team. We can't wait to deliver a captivating setting that truly embodies the essence of Peckham and its community.

Image courtesy of dRMM