New public art at St John's Hill regeneration scheme was officially unveiled on 2 March.

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L-R: Stephen Howlett, Chief Executive, Peabody; Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader, London Borough of Wandsworth; Lord Kerslake, Chair, Peabody; Rodney Harris, artist.

Artists Rodney Harris and Valda Jackson worked closely with residents and the local community to design four brick relief sculptures, which have been incorporated into the new buildings at Peabody’s St John's Hill estate near Clapham Junction.

The designs, which include a porter’s uniform and the clothing children wore in the early days of the estate, represent the memories, histories and occupations of residents past and present.

All change at Clapham Junction

The redevelopment of the 1930s St John’s Hill estate involves replacing the existing 351 homes with 528 new ones in three phases. 279 homes will be affordable (social rent and intermediate housing) and 249 for private sale.

The scheme will also include 13,200 square metres of open space, a new public route from Clapham Junction station to Wandsworth Common, commercial space and a brand new community centre.

Phase one (153 homes) is almost complete, with existing residents due to move into their new homes this Spring. 

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The spade and fork sculpture, admired by all.

Celebrating a rich heritage

Peabody Chair Lord Kerslake said: "We are delighted with this fantastic artwork, which captures the unique heritage of the estate, and the experience of residents that have lived here over the years.

"I’m pleased current residents were involved in developing the design for the sculptures, which will help to create a sense of belonging for future generations to come."

The creator of this evocative artwork, artist Rodney Harris said: "I am thrilled that after two years of hard work on the four new sculptures, they can now be shared with the public.

"I hope they become a valued addition to the rich heritage of public sculpture in London".

Wandsworth Council Leader Cllr Ravi Govindia commented: "These impressive works celebrate the estate’s history and will be enjoyed by many generations to come.

"This council has long believed that art and culture have a vital role to play in successful regeneration work and it’s great to see Peabody putting this theory into action at St John’s Hill."

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