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Competition: Brockwell Hall

Brockwell Hall
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Lambeth Council is seeking an architect for a £6 million overhaul of its Grade II*-listed Brockwell Hall

The lead consultant will design and deliver a restoration and reconfiguration of the deteriorating former 1813 mansion located at the heart of south London’s 50ha Brockwell Park.

The project, planned to complete in 2022, will transform the house and neighbouring Grade II-listed stable block into a hub for exhibitions, community events, weddings, and food and drink. Land Use Consultants and Fielden+Mawson completed a feasibility study for the project in 2015.

In its brief, the council says that, in 2013, it  ‘completed the grant-funded restoration of Brockwell Park’s landscape, heritage and community features and sports and play facilities. Brockwell Hall, the centrepiece of this former parkland estate, however, remains largely underused and unappreciated despite 125 years of public access to and enjoyment of the park.

‘The council has completed a feasibility study of the restoration and reuse of Brockwell Hall and its coach house and stable block, including a review of the business models of Mansions in Parks in London, and market testing with potential commercial operators and community stakeholders. A concept design and business plan has been prepared and an exciting opportunity now exists to transform Brockwell Hall into a venue for weddings, corporate bookings, community meetings and events, school visits, office space and a café.’

Brockwell Hall was built in 2013, designed by the architect DR Roper for the chandelier manufacturer John Blades, who was also a sheriff of the City of London. The late-Georgian building occupies a prominent hilltop position overlooking the capital.

The hall and its 50ha surrounding parkland were purchased by London County Council in the late 19th century and are now a major recreational and cultural attraction for south London.

Since the 1970s, the park has been an important venue for outdoor free festivals including Rock Against Racism and the People’s March For Jobs – hosting acts such as Aswad, Paul Weller, The Damned, The Fall, Stiff Little Fingers, Billy Bragg and The Levellers.

The latest project will restore and repurpose the hall, which is in a poor state of repair and only partially open to the public. A small part of the complex hosts a popular café but the rest of the buildings are given over to offices and a maintenance yard.

The scheme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will conserve the buildings and draw attention to their unique history while also opening up new areas to the public. New facilities will include a temporary events space for weddings and other community events, a new café and toilets.

The deadline for applications is 28 October.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Helen Lee
Lambeth Council
Town Hall
Brixton Hill

Tel: +44 2079269365
Email: hlee@lambeth.gov.uk 

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