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Purcell scoops planning for Brixton prison restaurant

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Purcell has won planning permission to transform HMP Brixton’s Old Governors House into a three-storey cafeteria open to the public

The AJ100 practice has won approval for plans to create a 100-seat ‘Clink’ training restaurant inside the Victorian jail.

Due to open in early 2014, the café will be part of a five-step programme run by the Clink Charity to educate and equip prisoners with the skills to take up employment on their release.

Purcell’s scheme creates a new dining room on the ground floor of the prison’s Grade II-listed Old Governors House with meeting spaces on the two floors above.

The octagonal building’s new restaurant will be served by an existing professional kitchen next door.

Edmond Tullett, HMP Brixton governor said: ‘Brixton is more than delighted to host the third Clink training restaurant in the Regency Roundhouse which dates back to 1819.

‘The restaurant will provide an unforgettable experience for customers and an unrivalled opportunity for prisoners to acquire marketable skills that will lead to local jobs and provide a pathway to a better life.’

Purcell associate, Martin Dunseath said: ‘The new facility at HMP Brixton will follow The Clink’s Five Step Programme which has been successfully implemented at two other prisons.

‘Purcell is pleased to have contributed by securing planning and listed building consent to support the Clink Charity in their aims, not only to help reduce reoffending, but also their wider endeavour to change the public perception of prison and the unique opportunities that can be created within them for effective rehabilitation.’

Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity added: ‘Brixton was the perfect site for our next restaurant. HMP Brixton is undergoing a regeneration project and was looking for an organisation to work with to develop the building into an opportunity for rehabilitation.

‘The central location lends itself to securing support from local businesses and members of the public, providing they are committed to The Clink’s vision and once the necessary security checks have been processed, providing real-life experience for those prisoners who make it through the selection process to join the programme.’


Project data

Architects: Purcell
Location: HMP Brixton, Jebb Ave, London SW2 5XF
Type Of Project: Conversion and refurbishment
Structural Engineers: N/A
Project Architect: Martin Dunseath, Purcell
Design Team: N/A
Client: HMP Brixton
Funding: -
Tender date: September 2013
Start on site date: November 2013
Contract duration: 3 months
Gross internal floor area: 515m2
Form of contract and/or procurement: -
Total cost: -        
M&E consultant: 
Quantity surveyor:
Planning supervisor:
Lighting consultant: N/A
Main contractor: -
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Heritage Consultant – Purcell
Annual co2 emissions: N/A








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