Lucy Reynolds, project manager with her little boy Ralph, said: “The idea behind the world record attempt was to give the children of Herne Hill a day they will remember for the rest of their lives, whilst creating a beautiful space right at the heart of the Herne Hill community. The mural was inspired by local residents who wanted to have a focal point where they can understand the history of where they live.”
The renovation of the underpass is just the start of a wider regeneration programme in Herne Hill, which is intended to culminate in the renovation of the space above the station. Currently the room above the station is mothballed and inaccessible. However, Herne Hill Forum is working with South Eastern to plan how they can develop the space as a new town hall and community centre for Herne Hill. The Forum are exploring ways to raise funds for the new space, including a bid to the GLA Good Growth Fund.
Reynolds has helped create a groundbreaking recycling collaborative amongst local traders; leading the installation of public artwork throughout the area; and campaigning on behalf of flooded businesses to secure Thames Water compensation. She has been leading the underpass regeneration project for the past four years, managing all elements, from funding to delivery, and fronting the partnership that is behind this ambitious piece of work.