Pempeople’s mission is to facilitate and develop the growth and empowerment
of our target communities from within, through structured, challenging, rewarding engagement. Alongside our aim to increase, highlight and promote the achievements and successes of disadvantaged communities within society, we help disadvantaged people and communities identify their strengths, enhance their skills, and realise their true potential by helping themselves.
1290m2 of vacant garages on the Ledbury Estate have been transformed into spaces for making, training and cultural programmes with a central courtyard surrounded by workshops, studios, multifunctional spaces and a training kitchen.
Named after the great Victorian industrialist George Livesey – who set up a quasi-cooperative energy company, the South London Gasworks, off the Old Kent Road – the Livesey Exchange aims at bringing life, new skills and jobs to a neglected corner of South East London.
Proposals for the Livesey Exchange have been developed by local residents Nicholas Okwulu of social enterprise Pempeople and architect Ulrike Steven of what if: projects. GLA, Southwark Council, Southwark Tenant Fund, Airbnb and many local residents and businesses have helped to shape the project and supported the crowdfunding.