Proposals for a multi-building redevelopment of Brixton’s civic quarter, designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects, have won the backing of councillors
The plans, drawn up for Lambeth Council and development partner Muse, centre around the refurbishment and expansion of the 1908 Lambeth Town Hall, designed by Septimus Warwick and H Austen Hall. But they also include the demolition of office blocks near the structure and their replacement with new office space and homes.
Cartwright Pickard’s scheme will see the grade-II listed town hall refurbished, with the reinstatement of the building’s original atrium and the installation of new lifts, doors and windows. Space for the project will be created by the demolition of low-rise modern buildings to the rear of the original structure.
Existing civic offices on Town Hall Parade will be demolished and replaced with a new six-storey building with 11,084m2 of floorspace. Also set for demolition are the Olive Morris House and Hambrook House office buildings, wich will be replaced with blocks of 94 and 74 flats respectively.
The property-rationalisation plan – dubbed ‘Your New Town Hall’ by Lambeth - will also see improvement work carried out on buildings neighbouring the town hall, including Ivor House, on Acre Lane, which will be refurbished to provide 26 new homes on its upper floors and commercial units at its ground and basement levels. Another building, known as The Press, will be converted into a cycle hub.
Deputy council leader Paul McGlone said reducing the number of core office buildings the authority ran would save around £4.5 million a year, while 40% of the new homes being created would be affordable.
“We need to dramatically cut the costs of running the council and simultaneously continue to provide essential public services,” he said.
“Your New Town Hall is a bold and ambitious scheme – and a good deal for Lambeth, as it will save us millions of pounds a year, and deliver new affordable homes as well as hundreds of jobs for local people.”
The scale of the project means it requires a final sign-off from Mayor of London Boris Johnson before work can proceed.
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