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Metropolitan Workshop-led team scoops planning for Brixton homes

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Plans for a community-led, council-backed 304 home scheme in Brixton, designed by a consortium of big name architects, have been unanimously approved 

Architecture and masterplanning practice Metropolitan Workshop has led the design team and drawn up plans for two blocks within the development with Mae Architects, Haworth Tompkins Architects, Foster Wilson Architects and Zac Monro Architects all designing a block each.

Gross Max is working as landscape architect and Tibbalds as planning advisers on the scheme which would also see the creation of a theatre, chef school, children’s nursery and space for small businesses.

Hailed as a ’new model for local authorities’, the project in Somerleyton Road is being developed by Lambeth Council - the major landowner - with Ovalhouse Theatre, and Brixton Green, the community organisation set up by local residents to develop the linear 1.7 ha site. 

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.

Regeneration specialist igloo is acting as development manager on behalf of the partnership.

John Long, development director at igloo said: ’This is the sort of project we love to deliver – piecing together a hand-picked team of creative professionals to deliver innovative neighbourhood-scale development for a community-minded, responsible client.

It has local people at its heart. It’s of the community, for the community.’

Nick Phillips, associate director at Metropolitan Workshop claimed the scheme was ’unique in London’ and had was ’breaking new ground in terms of architectural approach, procurement and funding, and the uses and tenures it proposes.’

Work is expected to start on site early next year.

Who is doing what?

  • Metropolitan Workshop – urban design and public realm; architect for 167 new homes, educational space and retail
  • Haworth Tompkins – 70 new homes, community facilities, a nursery and retail
  • Mæ Architects – 65 extra care homes with dining and leisure facilities, and communal gardens
  • Foster Wilson – a new home for the Ovalhouse Theatre
  • Zac Monro Architects – the refurbishment of Carlton Mansions and cultural and creative workspaces

Somerleyton Road

Somerleyton Road - the proposed masterplan as viewed from above

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