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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Lambeth Council staff will be fundraising for Brixton Windmill next week with a Halloween-village fete-Diwali-Bonfire Night mash-up at Olive Morris House. Staff will be making and selling food, with an emphasis on cake, to raise funds as well as organising village fete type games and collecting donations. The lunchtime event will be on Thursday 5 November.
The following week, the Friends of Windmill Gardens are holding their autumn General Meeting on 11 November 2015 at Market House, 443 Coldharbour Lane. They will be reviewing all that has been achieved over the past five years and outlining plans to celebrate Brixton Windmill’s 200th anniversary in 2016 and go forward to the next five years.
The meeting will be followed by a thank-you party for everyone who has helped with this fantastic project, including all the guides, stewards, tour organisers, bakers, millers, gardeners, events organisers, communications team and fundraisers and everyone who has worked so hard to make the windmill and the education project such a great success. The party is invite-only – please email email@example.com for more details.
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.