Named after the Victorian industrialist George Livesey – who set up a quasi-cooperative energy company, the South London Gasworks, off the Old Kent Road –Livesey Exchange is a new cultural destination for Old Kent Road, designed and led by local residents.
Livesey Exchange will be an important new piece of social infrastructure, enlivening a section of the high street currently characterised by car-park-based retail. Through its mix of accessible social, cultural and work spaces, it will serve to support the local community as the neighbourhood, a designated Opportunity Area, undergoes major change; including the addition of approximately 20,000 new homes.
Livesey Exchange is a team effort and demonstrates how local government, the GLA, local people and private companies can come together to fund and deliver new neighbourhood projects. Started at the Ledbury Estate in 2006, this grassroots project was initiated by community enabler Nicholas Okwulu of Pempeople and developed with architects what if: projects. The programme evolved through collaboration with local residents, businesses and stakeholders over several years of engagement events and workshops held to ascertain local aspirations.
Find more about the new site here .
Find out more about the plans for the old site here.
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