Peckham Roof Garden

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Peckham Roof Garden

Peckham Roof Garden

Bold Tendencies By Bold Tendencies

The Derek Jarman Garden is a unique livingscape on top of a brutalist concrete multi-storey car park in Peckham. We would love to expand this vital urban green space sited just off the high street.

Southwark Idea stage

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The existing garden is located on Level 10 of the disused car park on Rye Lane in Peckham. In 2008 Bold Tendencies took over the top four levels, turning them into a thriving space for new visual and performing art. It is also home to the legendary Frank's Cafe. This exciting project is now known internationally has been visited by more than half a million people. The garden was commissioned by Bold Tendencies in 2012 and designed by the local artist Dan Bristow. It is a tribute to the garden designed by the filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942 - 1994) for Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, Kent. It is currently located beside an unsightly toilet block. We would like to demolish this block and extend the garden into this area, providing a unexpected oasis for visitors to enjoy. Dan has designed a sweeping extension which uses reclaimed scaffolding planks from the original toilet block. It will be planted with exotic drought-happy shrubs, mature herbs and include many truly rare species.

What we'll deliver:

  • Install lighting system to bring a new dimension and dramatic silhouette to the night-time garden.
  • Introduce canary yellow-painted steel rods echoing the frames of the Derek Jarman Cottage.
  • Add a large sweeping curved bed using reclaimed scaffolding boards from the demolished toilet block.
  • Build a series of bespoke cantilevered tables and benches to provide integrated seating.
  • Place scaffolding plank-made planters populated by exotic drought-happy shrubs on top of the lift-shaft units.
  • Plant mature herb plants in topiarised shapes, providing directly-accessible organic ingredients to the cafe.
  • Plant specimen desert plants such as Yucca rostrata, Acacia melanoxylon and Agave americana.
  • Plant spiky desert bushes at perimeter wall.

Why it's a great idea:

The expanded garden will become a vital destination just off the high street in Peckham. It will attract a variety of people from the local community across ages and cultures: those looking for a place of quiet contemplation close to bustling Rye Lane, people with a horticultural interest because it would include many rare species, children on school trips to Bold Tendencies, and community groups who can can use the garden as a unique environ for events, talks, performances and yoga.

A vital botanic destination in tis own right, this innovative urban landscape design will give pleasure for many years to come.

Steps to get it done:

  • We will start work in early 2015, so the new garden is ready for the summer opening of Bold Tendencies in June.

The structural integrity of the building and facade will not be altered or damaged by any of the works, as they will be free-standing. Furthermore, the soil will be lightened by mixing in hydracela expanded clay substrate into it, and bolstering raised beds from underneath with large polystyrene blocks.

Location Southwark

About the space

Multi-storey carpark


Southwark Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £19,962

Demolition and disposal of toilet block - £5,000 (25%)
Lighting system - £3,000 (15%)
One large bed (15 tons soil/granite) - £2,850 (14%)
Yellow metal work - £2,500 (13%)
Plants - £2,300 (12%)
Project Management - £1,300 (7%)
Structural surveyor - £800 (4%)
Educational plaques - £300 (2%)
Other - £1,912 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

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Demolition and disposal of toilet block
Lighting system
One large bed (15 tons soil/granite)
Yellow metal work
Project Management
Structural surveyor
Educational plaques
  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £19,962

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