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Adjaye Associates reveals designs for Brixton Market development


David Adjaye has revealed designs for a new building next to Brixton Market, a project the architect describes as an ‘incredible opportunity to give back to the community’ in south London

The concept proposals include plans to build a new mixed-use building on the Pope’s Road site, a plot sandwiched between two raised railway lines by Brixton Station, which is currently occupied by a Sports Direct store.

The plans have been drawn up for Hondo Associates, the firm which last year bought the covered street markets and arcades of Brixton Market and Market Row, home to 140 independent retailers, for a reported £37.25 million

The new scheme, currently out for public consultation, will include markets and community space on the ground floor and offices above. According to the exhibition boards, Hondo’s purchase of Pope’s Road offers a ‘unique opportunity’ to extend Brixton Market and make it more publicly accessible.

Speaking about the project, Adjaye said: ’This project fits into a narrative that is incredibly important to me, making civic and social spaces that are about bringing in diverse constituents both locally and from the city and its visitors.

’[It is a] socially constructed architecture that can edify the community. When taking on this project, I could see the incredible opportunity it had to elevate the experience and give back to the community.’

This project fits into a narrative that is incredibly important to me

The area around Brixton railway station has been at the centre of rows over redevelopment in the past, particularly over Network Rail’s controversial decision to sell off the railway arches.

According to the consultation, Hondo and Adjaye Associates are also ’considering the possibility’ of incorporating a hotel to the east of the Pope’s Road Development.

’This will look to accommodate the increased demand of visitors in Brixton as we aim to promote Brixton including its historic and vibrant market to the world,’ it says.

A spokesperson for  Hondo said: ’[Next] to Brixton Village this offers a unique opportunity to extend the footprint of the market by opening it up on to Brixton Station Road, to create a more publicly accessible space for the benefit of existing traders and visitors. As Brixton becomes a growing business hub this will allow for additional commercial employment space above the new market.

‘These plans will celebrate the identity, history and culture of Brixton.’

The new scheme would sit near George Finch’s Grade II-listed Brixton Rec leisure centre, designed for Lambeth Council in 1970.

Popes road exhibiton boards 47

Popes road exhibiton boards 47


Readers' comments (6)

  • No! No! No! An awful piece of gentrification. Where is the critique AJ?

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  • Absolutely! When this is completed little if any of the community its intended to address will be there any more having been 'cleansed' by an influx of chain restaurants and hipsters.

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  • Where is the critique AJ? Not only re impacts to the existing community & its social value, but for example does this finally include a much needed Brixton station on the London Overground & Vic. line tube interconnection?

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  • I'm with Sean and Andrew on this. I would just add that iit seems like quite a nice building, but it's in the wrong place and those skylights look impossible? Just when you thought there's already been peak gentrification there. Where's the critique in indeed AJ?

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  • No, no, no, no. Who are you AJ to decide what is fitting and sensitive to the local community? Have the local community been involved or engaged in this? Brixton’s diverse community deserves so much better. Where is the community space, for those who are not rich and part of the encroaching hipster community? What is there in this development for the financially challenged? We need answers and for Brixton to not become the new ‘Peckham’

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  • I thought that the concept of TfL's London Overground was to improve connectivity - but perhaps not with Brixton?
    And the arches beneath it - are they still Network Rail and thus presumably intended for flogging off, or now TfL and hopefully subject to further consideration?
    Given the activities of Teddy Sagi at Camden Lock on the other side of town, the intentions of Hondo Associates should be getting close scrutiny in Brixton. Anyone seen the planners?

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