The Camberwell Society

Society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell

The Beautification of Camberwell Station Road

Community consultation


The Camberwell Station Road improvements and station beautification is set to begin next Spring, Southwark council has revealed. Robert Wainwright reports

Backed by almost £1 million in funding from the Lord Mayor’s Good Growth Fund, the project, which began planning before being delayed by Covid, will take about six months to complete.

Southwark Council’s Sustainable Growth manager, Magda Bartosch, says there has been widespread community discussion about the plans:

“There has been a huge amount of engagement has taken place during the process of designing improvements to Camberwell Station Road. We have worked with Sacred Heart School, knocked on every door on the street, listened to the big and small businesses along the street, have hosted walkabouts and attended local meetings. The feedback we received has been so valuable and has been fed into the strategic ambitions for the road.”

The aims of the project is to unlock the potential of neglected areas, including making it more appealing and for people to feel safe, encouraging business and jobs, improve air quality, supporting existing trees and introduce new and diverse planting, enhancing the area’s character and history.

JA Projects, headed by architect and urban strategist Jayden Ali, are the lead designers and manage a team that includes landscape architects BBUK and cost consultants BHA to focus on business opportunities.

The project will include creating an open plaza with bespoke street furniture outside the old station building which will be repainted and include art installations in window recesses. There will be new tree planting while the road will be narrowed substantially and turned one-way street with a cycle lane and traffic calming measures.

ArchCo is looking at investing in improvements to five archways along the Camberwell Station Road toward New Camberwell Road in the hope they will attract new businesses to the area.

Note as Tony Coleman reported in the last CQ, 212,the Society as part of the Identity Group is consulting the community and commissioning the art works in the windows of the former station

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The Camberwell Society was formed in 1970 and is the recognised amenity society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell.

The Society’s objectives, as defined by our constitution, are: to stimulate public interest in Camberwell, to promote high standards of planning and architecture in Camberwell, and to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Camberwell.

We are a charity and raise money for local charities. In the past we have raised money for Southside Rehabilitation Association, St Giles Trust, Cambridge House, the CamberwellCommunity Choir, the HollingtonYouth Centre and the Camberwell Arts Festival