Funders & Supporters of Livesey Exchange

How our Livesey Exchange Garages (LEX 1) were funded.

It is essential to be open and transparent about where that money comes from. That’s why we share information about our funding and the ways in which we will use donations. Here’s where our funding came from for the Livesey Exchange Garages:

Greater Local Authority

We was selected as part of the Mayor’s Civic crowdfunding campaign and in June 2016 and received the maximum pledge of £20K towards the transformation of the garages on the Ledbury Estate into an arcade of workshops and spaces for socialising. This funding facilitated a series of workshops and public events that tested possibilities in the space, created links to local networks and ascertained the need for a local skill-building programme.

Southwark Council

In 2016 Southwark Council offered the lease for the Ledbury garages and funded by Southwark’s Highstreet Challenge Fund the Livesey Exchange business plan and management structure was developed.

Following the initial testing phase and the discovery of structural issues on the Ledbury Estate, an alternative location for the Livesey Exchange was identified and Good Growth Funding was secured for the construction of a new building on a vacant site on Old Kent Road owned by Southwark Council.

“It has been thrilling to visit the Livesey Exchange today – and to see the start of a journey which will bring local jobs and opportunities for local residents – genuinely inspired by everyone’s commitment and enthusiasm.”

Peter John, Former Leader of the Council, 3 March 2017

The project is a true community-led project which emerged from a groundswell of a local initiative to support people in the Peckham area by offering a safe place to meet and gain the skills and training necessary to be able to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the scale of change in the regeneration of the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area. At every stage of the evolution of the project, the impetus has come from the drive and determination of the community enablers and the community itself with the London Borough of Southwark (LBS) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) acting in a supporting role to help steer the project forward. The design team is made up of local practitioners whose commitment to working with the community has been evidenced throughout the process. Based on sound first principles of environmentally conscious design and best practice, the resulting scheme for a temporary building demonstrates a hugely satisfying achievement that is clever, stylish and good value for money. Its proposed location on Old Kent Road, alongside the extensive and high-rise pipeline development projects, will provide a welcome counterpoint in scale and character.Funded by a mix of public funding (GLA / LBS), private funding (AirBnB) and crowdfunding sourced from the local community, this project exemplifies what a community project can be and is one with which the Council is proud to be associated.”

Matt Derry, Senior Regeneration Manager, Southwark

Southwark Tenant Fund:
In 2016 the Southwark Tenant Fund contributed to the crowdfunding campaign and pledged to fund the construction of Livesey Exchange.

The Tenants Fund Management Committee and the Tenants Council support this project because we see it as an important community resource within Southwark’s proposed Old Kent Road Area Action Plan (AAP) and will provide a hub for training, meetings, and information to the residents within the AAP. The AAP will affect twenty-one housing estates and thousands of our members. It is important that local residents are involved in the development as it evolves and has the training and skills to effectively participate in this twenty-year project.”

Ian Ritchie, Chair TFMC

In 2016 Airbnb made a considerable contribution to the crowdfunding campaign and further supported the development of the website. In 2017 Airbnb funded the publication ‘Old Kent Road – a place of industry‘ developed by the Peckham Weeklies in collaboration with the Livesey Exchange volunteers.

The Old Kent Road Studios is an inspiring and innovative project that will transform the Southwark community and enrich the lives of locals. We believe technology and innovation should bring people together and help build vibrant communities; this is at the heart of everything Airbnb does. We are thrilled to support this grassroots movement and to see Airbnb hosts work alongside partners from Southwark Council and the Greater London Authority to make London a better place for everyone.”

Airbnb, 2016

Local residents and businesses
Over 200 backers contributed to the crowdfunding campaign including local residents, businesses and organisations. 

This would be a huge asset to the area – an exciting community project with so many interesting facets.”

Alex Crawford, 20 May 2016

This will be an excellent space for our young people to hang out which will increase their confidence and well being.”

Carol Ossai-Nwosu, 25 June 2016

Once completed, it will be a real asset for Peckham residents.”

Councillor Michael Situ, 27 May 2016

This is a much needed resource in the community! And an opportunity for all to get involved from the grassroots!”

Denise Baird, 18 July 2016

Livesey Exchange (LEX 2) news

Planning Application Submitted

Detailed planning application of the proposed development has been submitted to Southwark Council.

Planning Application Preparation – Get Involved

In preparation for the planning application submission, join our consultation on Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October 2019.

Livesey Exchange 2 Proposed Design

On the 5 April 2019, the proposed design for the new Livesey Exchange building on Old Kent Road was presented for the first time.

New Building Project – Get Involved

Planning work has now officially started for our new building on Old Kent Road!

Livesey Exchange to receive Good Growth Funding

We are excited to hear that the Mayor Sadiq Kahn selected Livesey Exchange for the first round of Good Growth Funding.