PEER Pocket Park
Project Category: Registered charity
PEER is an independent organisation that commissions imaginative and ambitious arts projects by local, national and international artists in the heart of east London.
PEER is embarking on a significant and high profile regeneration project to improve the public realm area to the front of the gallery, as well as to upgrade and refurbish our gallery frontage and to provide a better space for our artists and audiences.
The PEER Pocket Park will occupy the public realm space extending from the corner of Hoxon and Fanshaw Streets to the front of the Post Office next to PEER. The footprint is modest in size, but strategically positioned at the beginning of a busy local shopping street in an economically and socially diverse part of east London. This space is currently home to a large and poorly designed raised planter from which the seating has been removed because of the anti-social behaviour it attracted. As a result, the space attracts fouling, is unwelcoming and underused.
PEER plans to transform this space into an open and inviting place to sit and enjoy. Hoxton Street is home to an historic market (established in 1687), so in addition to re-landscaping and replanting, it is ideally placed to introduce a landmark feature to welcome local residents and visitors. This will take the form of a freestanding pedestal clock, with a rotating illuminated display space below that will act as a community notice board for cultural activities and contemporary art projects. We are working with the local tenant management association, a local gardening group from Hoxton Trust, the community police and other local stakeholders to ensure that there is maximum ownership and investment in this project during its development, construction and long-term success.
The combined effect of the external regeneration work and the internal refurbishment improvements will make PEER and the local area a better place to visit and work.
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97-99 Hoxton Street