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PRS’ Black Cultural Archives finally starts

Pringle Richards Sharratt’s competition-winning Black Cultural Archives scheme in Brixton, south London has started on site

Won back in 2005, the scheme transforms the derelict Grade II-listed Raleigh Hall in Brixton town centre and is now on target to complete by this time next year.

The museum and cultural centre is next door to Gross Max’s Windrush Square public realm scheme which completed in 2010.

Strip-out and enabling works have started on site with construction set to commence in November. The main contractor is set to be appointed ‘imminently’ according to project architect Malcolm McGregor.

The scheme has received a £4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £1 million worth of funding from the Mayor of London.

The building will feature a library, gallery, meeting space and café. It will also be home to the Black Cultural Archives which documents the lives of people of African descent in the UK.

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