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The old waiting room at Peckham Rye station is re-opening to the public after 50 years

Isabelle Aron

Did you know that there's a secret waiting room on the second floor of Peckham Rye station? It's been closed to the public for more than 50 years, but it looks like it could finally re-open. And we're not just talking about a dingy old room with space for about ten people to shelter from the rain – this was once considered one of the grandest station waiting rooms in town, with room for 100 people. Designed by architect Charles Henry Driver, the Grade II-listed building opened in 1865, but was bricked up in 1961. 

Now, architect firm Benedict O’Looney Architects is working with Network Rail to restore the waiting room to its former glory. But before they start on the waiting room, they need to create public access to the site, which means starting with the grand old staircase. If that all goes smoothly, they'll hopefully get access to the waiting room so that the public can finally make use of it again.

Check out some more pictures of the restoration site:

Benedict O’Looney Architects/Quintin Lake

Benedict O’Looney Architects/Quintin Lake

Benedict O’Looney Architects/Quintin Lake

Want more cool things in Peckham? Here are 12 reasons to go to Peckham Rye & Rye Lane, SE15


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