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HHR wins planning for Lambeth Accord scheme

Henley Halebrown Rorrison (HHbR) has bagged planning permission for its competition-winning Lambeth Accord scheme, at 336 Brixton Road, south London

The project to overhaul and extend a disability care centre in London combines new conference space with offices for fourteen charities and seeks to ‘humanise the original Brutalist 1960s concrete building’.

The practice, then Buschow Henley, saw off more than 100 entries to land the RIBA-organised contest in December 2008.

The project team includes structural engineers Jane Wernick Associates, environmental engineers ZEF UK and cost consultants BPTW.

The architect’s view

The design transforms this community building into a truly public one, improving access to the conference facilities and office space. The scheme will create a public foyer, reception & bar, two conference halls (churches) and four further meeting rooms. The first to fourth floors are refurbished to re-provide the office space for the existing tenants and a two-storey bamboo-clad extension at the rear creates a further 400m² of office space. The basement accommodates parking and storage.

Our scheme will be, but more importantly will feel, sustainable. For much of the year spaces will be naturally ventilated and daylit minimizing energy consumption, which will reduce the demand and in turn make 100% on-site renewable energy generation feasible. All of this is designed to create a sustainable, humane and inclusive facility, which is flexible and secure in which llandscape habitats will play a significant part.

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