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Hello Hoxton High Street

Funded on Spacehive 24 September 2015 Delivered 13 April 2016

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Hello Hoxton High Street


PEER makes the experience of great art part of daily life. We want to maximise our visibility from the street, to entice and welcome audiences to enjoy our exhibitions and participation programmes.

Hackney Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 24 Sep 2015!

PEER gallery comprises two well-proportioned, single-glazed 1970s shop units that measure 10 metres across and look onto the high street. When we are closed and at night, the shutters are down, creating a poorly lit, unwelcoming and alienating environment.

We want to say ‘hello Hoxton High Street’ by dramatically transforming our outward appearance. We want to be more visible and welcoming to attract new audiences. To do this we will replace the shopfronts with an elegant, single-entrance façade and install internal see-though shutters. This will increase footfall and gallery visitors and mean that our exhibitions are visible when we are closed.

PEER has been based on Hoxton Street since 2002 and has exhibited more than 50 world-class artists, many of whom are Hackney residents. We provide a range of participatory activities for our local schools and community groups, and have also commissioned a number of highly acclaimed public realm art projects locally and around Hackney.

What we'll deliver:

  • Install a unified and well-designed facade to make PEER more visible and reinvigorate this end of Hoxton Street.
  • Install new, see-though security shutters to enable our exhibitions to be seen when the gallery is closed .
  • Create better external signage to attract more local residents and passers-by.
  • Ensure high standards of build, including double-glazing, to reduce heat loss and improve our carbon footprint.
  • We will make the street safer and friendlier at night by providing ambient light through the see-though shutters .

Why it's a great idea:

PEER believes a vibrant high street should offer a range of services and experiences – shops, cafes, hairdressers, a library, a post office, green space and cultural facilities. This kind of diversity is key to community cohesion and wellbeing, and is vital to combat the increasing homogenization and decline of many high streets.

Our programme receives fantastic backing from Hackney Council, the Arts Council and others. However, since we moved here in 2002 our frontage has given us the look of a temporary ‘pop up’ space. Now is a great moment put down firm roots and to really strengthen our role within the ecology of the high street. By installing a new double-glazed and well designed frontage and internal see-through shutters, we will embed PEER into the local community and safeguard our place on Hoxton Street for the long term. Through the physical improvement of the environment, this project will stimulate a sense of pride and ownership and offer art as part of daily life.

Steps to get it done:

  • Other local supporters inc. Arden TMO, Hoxton and Shoreditch Trusts, the Met Police etc
  • The application to satisfy planning conditions has been submitted.
  • We secured planning permission from LB Hackney in December 2014
  • Acclaimed local architect Trevor Horne is developing the technical designs for the façade to RIBA Stage 4
  • LB Hackney are granting us a renewable 7-year VCS lease to ensure the legacy of this project.
  • We have already secured support from Arts Council England, the Cockayne Fdn. and The Paul and Louise Cooke Endowment

'Hello Hoxton High Street' is the key element of a two-phase project. Phase One will transform the poorly designed and unwelcoming public realm space to the front and south of PEER by creating a pocket park and to install seating and lighting. This work will be taking place in the coming weeks with overwhelming support from the local community.

The new frontage and shutters for PEER will be a tremendous way to reinforce our commitment to making the local area a better place to live, work and visit. With the new facade and shutters in place we will also carry out upgrades to the gallery itself, including new lighting and flooring and the introduction of climate control.

PEER believes that the high street is the backbone of the community. It is a place where people shop and socialise, and can also be a place of opportunity and to discover new things. The arts can contribute to community cohesion, reduce social exclusion and isolation and make communities feel safer and stronger.

Location Hackney

About the space

Art Gallery and community participation space.


London Borough of Hackney

How will the money be spent?Total £44,791

Aluminium framed 10 metre wide double glazed facade, integral PEER signage, supply and fit - £32,880 (73%)
Electronic see-though internal security shutters - £5,760 (13%)
Design fees - £2,000 (4%)
Quantity Surveyor and project support - £1,500 (3%)
contribution towards community event for reopening - £800 (2%)
Other - £1,851 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Aluminium framed 10 metre wide double glazed facade, integral PEER signage, supply and fit
Electronic see-though internal security shutters
Design fees
Quantity Surveyor and project support
contribution towards community event for reopening
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £44,791

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