Co-operative House re-opens

An old Co-op site has been modernised thanks to a multi-million pound redevelopment project. The Royal Arsenal Co-op Society’s shop in Southwark known as Co-operative House is being converted into luxury flats. Local activist John Beasley, who edits the Peckham Society News, says he is pleased with the way the building has been converted into housing. He explained that the developers were sympathetic to the old site, which was built in 1913, and have replicated some of the Co-operative House, in part, on the new development. Mr Beasley, who is an expert on Southwark history and has written about the old Royal Arsenal Society, said: ‘It’s good it has been named Co-operative House as a reminder of its history.’