Work was originally scheduled to commence mid-March with a meeting for residents planned, but this was delayed by the Covid-19 crisis. The developers now aim to start after Easter.
As councillors, we have met the developers and made the point that demolition should wait for the end of lockdown to be assured there is no risk to safety or public health. However, the Council have been assured by the developers that work can continue safely and with proper mitigation. We are continuing to monitor the situation and to push for proper communications with residents.
A consultation has started on a series of new bike hangars across Brixton Hill ward. These are part of a phased programme to create 1,000 new hangar spaces across Lambeth by 2022 to support residents who have a bike but cannot store them at their home. We know that despite having more hangars than anywhere else, many Brixton Hill residents are still on the waiting list and have pushed hard for this investment in the ward.
With the completion of the Civic Centre and new housing by the Town Hall, work has begun on the final phase of the project with the redevelopment of Olive Morris House. The former Council offices will be replaced by a new building with 74 flats (40% affordable), which went through the planning process some years ago. Details of the new building are on the Your New Town Hall website.
Work already started in May with surveys of the ground conditions in and around the site to help plan demolition. This involves some drilling and digging.
The developers – Muse – sent nearby residents a letter in recent weeks to alert them of the works and to give some information about next steps. If any residents didn’t receive this letter, let councillors know and we will ensure that you are added to their lists.
Over coming weeks Muse and their consultants GL Hearn will release more information about the demolition works and will arrange a public meeting for residents to meet the team and discuss issues.
The team have provided contact details for questions and for registering interest in the public meetings:
Call: 0344 225 0003 Email: email@example.com Write: Freepost RTZS-BLHZ-EUXC, GL Hearn, 65 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7NQ *GL Hearn is supporting Muse Developments with public and neighbour engagement on this project
Sudbourne Primary School and Lambeth Council, together with their professional design team, are hosting an information evening to discuss the proposed new school expansion on the nearby former Livity School site at Mandrell Road.
This is the next stage of our long-held ambition to double the size of the fantastic and popular Sudbourne Primary School.
Feel free to drop in at any time between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesday 18th July at the school hall of Sudbourne Primary, on Hayter Road.
Feel free to drop in to provide your comments and feedback. If you are unable to attend and wish to comment within 21 days, or for further information, please contact Luke Riggall (Architects) via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brixton Hill’s two principal Christmas fairs take place this weekend. On Saturday 3rd December Corpus Christi Primary School will hold its fair 12-4 with Santa’s Grotto plus food and goodies, compered by Miranda Sawyer and Richard Avery.
This is followed by Sudbourne School’s Winter Fair on Sunday 1-4 with the traditional stalls and raffle. Entrance £1.
Corpus Christi schoolchildren are also taking part in the switch-on of Brixton’s Christmas lights tonight (Friday 2nd December) at 6pm.
The New Town Hall project was granted planning permission earlier this autumn. It is hoped that construction will commence early next year but, in the meantime, the partners are consulting on a ‘Construction & Environmental Management Plan’ (CEMP). The deadline for feedback on this document is Thursday 3rd December at 12 noon.
The purpose of this Plan is to:
Describe the nature of the construction activities that will be undertaken
Summarise the likely environmental issues that may arise during construction such as noise, dust and vibration
Specify the team’s proposed approach to managing these
Outline the team’s proposed construction and demolition programme
Provide useful information such as a point of contact, agreed working hours for noisy works and the team’s Code of Practice
This encompasses the redevelopment of the Town Hall and Ivor House on Acre Lane as well as the new buildings on Brixton Hill next to the Electric Brixton and on the site of Olive Morris House.
Last week Lambeth Planning Committee voted unanimously to give planning permission to the New Town Hall project, comprising the refurbishment of the Town Hall, a new civic complex on Town Hall Parade, new housing to replace Hambrook House and Olive Morris House further along Brixton Hill, the conversion of Ivor House on Acre Lane and new public space on Buckner Road.
Residents addressed the meeting and were able to give eloquent accounts of their concerns regarding both the construction and the impact of the new developments. The developers, Muse, also addressed the meeting and outlined how the project had already changed to try and reflect residents’ issues after two years of consultation. However, clearly, with a proposal of this scale there would still be considerable impact on residents – for some individual properties we recognise that impact is severe. Continue reading →
On Bank Holiday Monday, 31 August, a ‘Jumble Trail’ is coming to Brixton Hill. A Jumble Trail is like a car boot sale but on your street. Communities co-ordinate to set up stalls outside their houses to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes, cakes or whatever.
Fifteen locations around Brixton Hill are so far participating. Locations include outside Olive Morris House and private homes on Hayter Road, Bonham Road, King’s Avenue, Thornbury Road and Elm Park.
The whole thing is coordinated online at jumbletrail.com/event/SW2AUGUST providing visitors with a map to explore the treasure on sale in the neighbourhood.
The plans for the redevelopment of the Town Hall and Olive Morris House, and the new Civic Centre on Brixton Hill will be considered by the Planning Applications Committee on 1 September.
Councillors who are members of the PAC will consider the plans along with submissions from the public, Historic England and other stakeholders.
As well as the new offices for Council staff and facilities for council functions like the registry office, almost 200 new homes are planned for the various sites.
Members of the public may attend the meeting, although only those who have made representations in advance will have the opportunity to address the Committee so that their concerns can be taken into account. The meeting takes place at Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill at 7pm on Tuesday 1st September.
Key issues addressed by Cllr McGlone include how the project will save taxpayers money and what it will cost; the 200 new homes on site, with 40% classed as ‘affordable’; the 45 apprenticeships and over 700 jobs created during construction; the Impact Hub for start-up and small businesses; and landscaping of the site. Continue reading →