Creative people need a place to work. Small businesses need a place to grow. Communities need places to come together. Across London, and locally in Peckham, it’s getting harder to find these places.
So for the next 6 years we will be occupying the underused space inside the town centre carpark, building a new creative workshop and cultural destination that supports and celebrates its members and connects them with the community around them.
It is a temporary project designed to connect talented local people with lasting opportunities.It will be a free and open public space, ready to be used by anyone and everyone.
Celebrating and supporting Peckham’s grassroots creators.
Peckham Levels exists to help creative and ambitious local people get their ideas off the ground. We want to celebrate and support the creativity, ambition and talent that has made Peckham the place it is today.
The project will provide affordable and inspiring space for independent businesses, artists and local entrepreneurs to work, grow, trade and learn.
Helping grassroots talent get off the ground, it will increase local employment, improve the local economy and create new opportunities for education and inspiration.
We will connect our members with the community around them, using their skills, time and energy to help inspire, educate and support other local people.
Peckham Levels will be a free and open public space to be used by anyone and everyone. We hope people from all walks of life will visit us together to work, learn, be entertained, and explore their own creativity.
Here's how we plan to do it :
Act as a platform for Southwark's local, independent talent
This is not a storefront for big brands. Peckham Levels focusses on supporting local people through the early stages.
In total we will house more than 100 members, every one of them an independent entrepreneur, small business, artist, maker or community organisation.
75% of our members are from Peckham and 85% from our local borough of Southwark.
100% of our members are independent creatives, small businesses and emerging artists.
Creators in Residence
10 studios are offered at subsidised rates to support emerging artists and creatives from the local area.
Connect our project and members with the communities around us
For the project to be really successful, we need its impact to extend beyond our members the car park walls, to benefit people all across the local area in different ways.
Peckham Levels and all our members will be actively connected with the communities around us. We will share the skills, energy and space housed in the building as widely as possible.
Time & Skills
Hours each year
Through a unique scheme, all our members will invest their time and skills into positive causes in the local area. Each will commit at least 1 hour a week to take part in training workshops, work experience, charity fundraisers, horticulture and other local projects.
Free for Community Events
Event and community spaces in the building will be available for free hire at least 25% of the available time, offering a new venue for community events, local meetings and charitable organisations.
Of The Project's Profits
10% of our profits will be used to create a Community Fund that will fund the work we do in the local area and provide investment for other important local projects.
The idea for Peckham Levels was born when Southwark Council asked the community to propose a new use for the empty interior levels within the underused multi-storey car park in the heart of Peckham.
Their brief highlighted the potential this space had to support employment and the arts, and asked for suggestions for temporary projects that could take up residence in the car park for 5 years.
Dozens of ideas were submitted by architects, entrepreneurs and community groups; and in November 2015 Peckham Levels was selected as the winning bid. It will be the second project by Make Shift, who launched Pop Brixton in 2015.
Since then we've been busy working with the community, finding our members and getting our hands dirty building Peckham Levels. The site will be open to the public in October. We hope to see you there.
Meet the Team
Our Steering Group
Peckham Levels is guided by a steering group made up of community members and local representatives. The group includes local residents and business owners, community organisations, a local charity, council workers and a youth representative.
Their role is to help Peckham Levels achieve its social objectives, and hold the management team accountable for making the project as successful as possible.
They also help connect the project with people and groups in the community, and they are responsible for helping to decide which applicants are given subsidised studio space.
Contact the steering group at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peckham Levels is being delivered by Make Shift in partnership with Southwark Council.