PEER gallery and Pocket Park

Trevor Horne Architects, London, 2016


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Looking south to new plaza and garden 

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  • Looking south to new plaza and garden    
  • The new community garden    
  • The new gallery shopfront    
  • New tree benches outside the refurbished gallery    
  • Looking out onto the new plaza though the new glazing    
  • The Art Clock and garden    
  • Chris Ofili    
  • The new pocket park    
  • Site Plan    
  • Axonometric of plaza and garden    
  • Plan    
  • Elevation    
  • View looking East    
  • View looking West    
  • Existing site from South    
  • Existing brick planters with poor natural surveillance    
  • Existing plaza looking South    
  • Existing gallery frontage    
  • Existing shopfront of gallery    
  • Demolition underway    
  • Diseased tree removal complete    
  • Section through sloped planting bed    
  • Shopfront sketch    

New Pocket Park and public space with associated PEER gallery improvements

With a modest budget – raised from a number of sources including crowdfunding, the Mayor’s Pocket Park fund and the Arts Council – we transformed the area in front of a Post Office, flats and PEER gallery, on Hoxton Street, from a drab, neglected and unloved area into an open and welcoming public space.

This was achieved by
Removing the dilapidated and unwelcoming municipal brick planters which encouraged antisocial behaviou
Creating a new community garden with a planted vertical wall and new public plaza with trees, seating, bike stands and art installation
Building a new gallery façade to create an ‘art’ shopfront animating the public spac
Involving the community in planting and maintenance of a new garden – Khadija’s garden, named in memory of PEER’s intern, the artist Khadija Saye who was heavily involved in the fundraising for these capital improvements and who was one of the 71 people who died in the Grenfell fire
Installing new art pieces that animate the new public space; an Art Clock, with an inaugural installation by Chris Ofili, inhabitable sculpture by London Fieldworks and PEER gallery’s new shopfront

These improvements have created a much used and loved public space, which provides PEER gallery with a public presence showcasing their art/community exhibitions.


  • Begun: Jul 2015
  • Completed: May 2016
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £182,000
  • Funding: Crowdfunding, Mayor's Pocket Park fund, Arts Council grant and Deutsche Bank grant
  • Tender date: Apr 2015
  • Procurement: Traditional Contract
  • CO2 Emissions: -kg/m2/year
  • Address: 97-99 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6QL, United Kingdom

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