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Cartwright Pickard lodges large-scale Brixton plans

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Proposals for a multi-building redevelopment of Brixton’s civic quarter, designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects, have been submitted for planning

The plans, which are covered by a brace of applications, involve the refurbishment and expansion of the 1908 Lambeth Town Hall designed by Septimus Warwick and H Austen Hall.

The scheme also includes the overhaul of neighbouring buildings as well as the redevelopment of other office sites to provide new homes and new office space.

Under Cartwright Pickard’s plans, the grade-II listed town hall will be refurbished, with the reinstatement of the building’s original atrium and the installation of new lifts, doors and windows. The demolition of low-rise modern buildings to the rear of the original structure will create space for the project.

Existing civic offices on Town Hall Parade would be demolished and replaced with a new six-storey building with 11,084m2 of floorspace.

The civic quarter proposals would see the demolition of 1978 office building Olive Morris House and the Hambrook House office building to provide blocks of 94 and 74 homes respectively.

The over-arching plan – dubbed ‘Your New Town Hall’ by Lambeth Council - will also see improvement work carried out on buildings neighbouring the town hall, including Ivor House, on Acre Lane, which would  be refurbished to provide 26 new homes on its upper floors and a commercial units at its ground and basement levels.

Cartwright Pickard director James Pickard said the Brixton proposals  were part of a programme to reduce Lambeth’s core office buildings from 14 to two, expected to save taxpayers at least £4.5m a year.

‘The new civic office has been designed to be highly flexible so it can accommodate changing work styles, and allow the council to provide the best possible service to its citizens,’ he said.

‘We have built on our experience of designing award-winning civic offices to produce efficient and environmentally responsible designs will deliver value for money for years to come.’

Muse Developments is handling the project for Lambeth Council.

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