Peckham Art Exhibition

For Acquiring Lungs and Walking on Dry Land
Ilona Sagar

Opening Reception: Thursday 29 September, 6.30-9pm
Dates: Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October

To coincide with Art Licks Weekend, DKUK Salon is proud to present For Acquiring Lungs and Walking on Dry Land by Ilona Sagar at an off-site location near Rye Lane.

This new installation looks at the history and social significance of the Peckham Experiment, a holistic model of healthcare which aimed to cultivate community wellbeing from 1926-50. It uses the radical Peckham Pioneer Centre, established in 1935, as a lens through which to examine ideas of health, welfare and wellness, exploring interactions between collective understandings of common good and individual wellbeing.

Sagar will be working with the empty retail unit as an active space of research. She will partition the salon with specially printed fabric, where clients can sit and have their hair cut whilst viewing archive footage shot at the Pioneer Centre in the 1930s, courtesy of the Wellcome Trust. Hesitant desire shall flourish in a soil not too strong, a series of audio walks produced in partnership with The Ballad of Peckham Rye will play in the space, which include invited speakers and address the changing intellectual and political landscape of public health. This is the first in a series of research events, which will culminate in a moving-image installation ‘Correspondence O’ at South London Gallery in 2017, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

DKUK has been operating in Peckham for two years. At DKUK Salon, paying clients get their hair cut in front of art. Realised by artist/ hairdresser Daniel Kelly, DKUK provides a platform for engaging diverse audiences with contemporary art in the welcoming environment of a hairdressing salon.

Ilona Sagar received her BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (2008) and her MFA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (2012). Using a diverse range of media spanning performance, film and assemblage, she has formed a body of work, which responds to the social and historic context found in the public and private spaces we inhabit. Social System Dance is the first installment of Sagar’s on-going project Correspondence O, which will also be presented at South London Gallery.

We’re almost done

We’ve nearly finished building our new development on Rye Lane in Peckham, London, SE15.

After a year of construction, we’re almost ready.  We will shortly have available a selection of studios, 1 beds and 2 bed apartments for the private rental sector in this rapidly changing & trendy part of London.

We have also had tremendous retail interest and will shortly be able to advise who our new tenant will be.  What we can say at this point though is that it will be a creative use of the space and something that will add value to the cultural fabric of the area.

Please stay tuned for further updates.

Buy-To-Let boom results in neglected gardens

The Buy-To-Let boom is causing more gardens to be neglected.

Residential tenants are typically not interested in maintaining any gardens in properties that they rent.  Maintaining a garden is expensive and doesn’t financially benefit a tenant that may only be in a property for a short time, so the garden typically is neglected, often at the expense of the landlord.

The Royal Horticultural Society thinks reckons that one third of gardens now don’t have anything growing in them and that three times as many gardens have been paved over compared with 10 years ago.

 

John the Unicorn – coming to Rye Lane, Peckam

We are delighted to learn that “John the Unicorn” will be coming to Rye Lane, Peckham.

We had seen the signs about a lost unicorn – which we hadn’t spotted, but now we know where to see him!

John the Unicorn will be a trendy bar, restaurant and lounging area with a great range of beers from various microbreweries in South East London.

We are delighted it will be on the next block to us, further improving the amenities for the tenants in our forthcoming Rye Lane development.

We look forward to meeting John later this year!

 

Work continues on our Peckham Project

We are delighted that work continues to progress at our Rye Lane, Peckham project.

The external walls and the building’s steel frame are now going up and the hopefully, if the weather holds, it will continue going up, but even faster.

We are delighted that we will have contemporary 1 & 2 bed apartments for the private rental sector situated right on Rye Lane, less than 5 minutes walk from the station, and near all the great shops & bars of this vibrant & cool part of London.

First Time Buyer activity has increased

Activity in the property market from First Time Buyers (FTBs) has increased over the past few months.

This is great news for all that own property or wish to as it shows there is confidence in the economy as FTBs are typically cautious buyers.

We think FTB activity has increased because of Government schemes like Help-to-Buy, the low inflation environment and the fact that interest rates are forecast to start rising again in in 2016 so cheap finance is still available.

This is coupled with a market that features lower levels of stock than usual.  This can partly be explained by home-owners wishing to improve their current homes rather than buy larger ones as the stamp duty costs are now a bigger consideration than ever before.

Let’s hope 2016 is another year of increasing confidence.

Our Peckham project is well underway now

Work is progressing on our new Rye Lane, Peckham development.

You can see from the attached photo how the old building has been demolished and the steelwork is now being installed.

The building will now rapidly take shape over the next few months.

We will keep you updated about this exciting retail-resi mixed-use project in the heart of fashionable Rye Lane.

By next summer, this will be another project we are developing for PRS, the Private Rental Sector.

Stay in touch for further updates.

 

 

 

 

BBC Television Centre – Now Flats!

The iconic Television Centre in White City, London, former headquarters of the BBC is now being turned into 950 homes with the first 450 being formally released to the market in 2016. That, however, hasn’t stopped 130 from already being snapped up before formal marketing commences!

Prices range from £500,000 for a 1 bed up to £7,000,000 for the fanciest penthouse.

The whole area is changing though and will benefit from a £7 billion investment with 5,000 homes, a new “Campus of Academic Excellence”, the new media village plus an extension of the Westfield Shopping Centre which will feature the largest John Lewis store in Britain.

Ex-Tenant comes back to propose at his old flat!

LuxuryDigs is delighted to share that one of our ex-tenants contacted us to arrange access back into his old flat in Balham to propose to his fiance!

We wish our tenant and his wife-to-be a lifetime of happiness ahead.