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Metropolitan Workshop-led team reveals Brixton homes plan

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London Borough of Lambeth has submitted plans for a mixed use scheme in Brixton comprising 303 new homes designed by a consortium of architects and ‘shaped’ by local residents

Architecture and masterplanning practice Metropolitan Workshop led the design team and has drawn up plans for two blocks in the scheme with Mae Architects, Haworth Tompkins Architects, Foster Wilson Architects and Zac Monro Architects designing a block each. Gross Max acted as landscape architect.

If approved by the council’s planning committee, the application for the Somerleyton Road scheme would also see the creation of a theatre, chef school, children’s nursery and space for small businesses.

Jack Hopkins, council cabinet member for jobs and growth said; ‘Somerleyton Road is exciting, innovative and genuinely created through partnership.

‘It represents a unique opportunity for local people to shape their own community and I would like to pay tribute to so many who’ve worked so hard to get us to this stage.’

Lambeth Council is the major landowner on site and plans to provide new homes for rent to local people at a mixture of affordable and rented levels.

A design statement produced with the application said that each building would have a ‘similarity of form and scale, so that they are recognisable as parts of a wider whole’.

Although each block will use different materials, the scheme will be built using a palette of materials to provide a coordinated variety to the appearance.

The proposals have been developed with community group Brixton Green, which was formed as a way of ensuring community support for redevelopment.

Regeneration firm Igloo has acted as development manager through an ongoing consultation on the plans. Tibbalds has worked as planning consultants. .

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