THIS MONDAY: Exhibition of plans for new sixth form college at Army Reserve Centre, King’s Avenue

Artist’s impression of new building

Developers are holding a public exhibition to present proposals for a new Sixth Form Building on the old Army Reserve Centre site. This Sixth Form is intended to complement the soon-to-be-completed Harris Academy Clapham Secondary School on Clarence Avenue.

During the drop-in session there will be an opportunity to view the proposals and have discussions with designers and Harris Federation staff.

Drop-in session details:
Date: Monday 24th June 2019
Time: 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Drill Hall Army Reserve Centre 73 Kings Avenue Clapham SW4 8DX

Olive Morris House redevelopment to begin soon

Olive Morris House
Artist’s impression of the new block

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: olivemorrishouse@glhearn.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

Demolition to start on old Livity School buildings later this month

Residents close to the site of the old Livity School site at the corner of Mandrell Road and Strathleven Road will receive a letter in coming days setting out that work is starting soon on the redevelopment of the site. The eventual plan is for the site to come back into school use as the extension for Sudbourne Primary School.

Works will start with demolition of the current buildings, starting at the end of January. In the initial period the contractors, Lancebox, will be getting the site ready by installing hoarding, welfare facilities for workers and installing scaffolding requirements in readiness for the demolition works proper, to start mid-February.

Generally, the demolition works should last approximately 8 weeks and will be carried out using demolition machines to remove the main building elements, hard standing and foundations. Materials and waste will be removed from the site daily using waste carrying lorries.

Lancebox have committed to make the demolition process as “pleasant as possible” for neighbours, with no impact on normal routines. The letter will provide residents with the site manager’s contact details to report any problems.

Construction to start on Brixton Windmill Education Centre

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Architect’s sketch of new education centre in Windmill Gardens

The long awaited building of the new education centre for Brixton Windmill will start later this month. The new centre will be used to run workshops for schools and other groups as well as supporting the regular programme of Windmill open days and other events, and is being paid for by Lambeth Council with a crowdfunder campaign by the Friends of Windmill Gardens raising the funds to fit out the centre.

The building contractors are writing to local residents to introduce themselves and provide information about the construction process, which will involve some disruption. The project will commence with the site being set-up on Monday 19th November 2018, followed by the ground-works for the building, with the new timber frame and walling then to be completed.

The works themselves will be carried out Monday to Friday from 8am-5pm for a minimum 20 week period, subject to extension due to constraints posed by weather conditions, and with weekend working throughout the project as necessary. Deliveries will generally be scheduled to site after 9am and before 3pm.

Logan Construction have provided contact details for their site managers in case of issues arising:

  • Bill Gleed – Logan Construction Site Manager 07710 307568
  • Neil Ochiltree – Logan Construction Contracts Manager 07393 461095

MONDAY 23rd: consultation event on plans for new school building for Orchard Primary

An event is being held on Monday 23 July to consult the public on plans for a new building at Orchard Primary School at the corner of Cotherstone and Christchurch Roads. The exhibition will display the proposals to provide enhanced teaching facilities. Members of the project team will be on hand to discuss the proposals before a planning application is made.

In addition to a new building, the existing buildings at Orchard Primary are listed and repair works are proposed for those. The scheme will also provide improvements to the landscape including new planting, new outdoor activity spaces, study gardens and performance spaces.

The public consultation event will take place in the School Hall at Orchard Primary School, Christchurch Road, London, SW2 3ES on Monday 23rd July 6pm-8pm.

If you cannot attend or  have any further questions or would like more information please email consultation@rolfe-judd.co.uk.

Next month: public event for plans for major development on Acre Lane for National Grid’s London Power Tunnels

On April 17 and 18, Brixton Hill residents will be able to attend public information events organised by National Grid about plans for an important development at the corner of Acre Lane and King’s Avenue.

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National Grid are planning to build a new network of tunnels deep below the surface in South London, between sites at Wimbledon and New Cross. The tunnels will carry high voltage electricity cables. They say the works are essential in order to replace existing electricity circuits which are coming towards the end of their useful life. By placing the cables in deep underground tunnels, they aim to reduce disruption to the local area.

As part of this work, National Grid need to build a tunnel shaft and headhouse in the Brixton area. Their chosen site is on the corner of Kings Avenue and Acre Lane. The shaft is needed to help build the tunnel, and the headhouse will cover the shaft and will be used as an access point once the tunnel is built.

They will need planning permission for the headhouse and, ahead of making the application, will be sharing details of the works so that members of the public can feedback on the headhouse design and find out more about the wider project.

Two public information events will be held on Tuesday 17 April and Wednesday 18 April from 2pm to 8pm in Clapham Library, Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High Street, SW4 7DB. The details of this event will be advertised in the local press and social media, and local residents have been invited by letter.

Application for Clapham Park ‘masterplan’ submitted – public events next week

The planning application for the Clapham Park Estate area was submitted on 31 July, with new plans to increase the number of affordable homes and public amenity space from the previous plans following the stock transfer of the estate to Metropolitan Housing.

Metropolitan say the new design will allow them to improve housing standards further and increase the delivery of affordable housing. The amount and quality of amenity space has been increased from the original masterplan and a comprehensive package of sustainability measures – including living roofs, bat and bird boxes, Car Club availability and electric vehicle charging points – is provided as part of the planning application.

They add that the submission of the planning application, which follows a large number of consultation events, marks an important step forward in their ambition to continue to revitalise the area for residents and the community, and to fulfil their obligations under the stock transfer agreement.

Metropolitan will be holding public events on 15 August (3–8pm), 16 August (9am–12pm) and 19 August (1–5pm) at the Pop-Up Shop on Kings Avenue, SW4 8EU, where information about the proposal will be provided.

10 homes planned for former Toyota garage at 237 Brixton Hill

A planning application has been made for the former Toyota garage at 237 Brixton Hill by the bus depot.

The plans consist of the demolition of the existing building on site and erection of a four-storey building comprising commercial floorspace on part of ground floor and basement level and provision of 10 self-contained residential units.

As your local councillors, our initial thought is that this development could be too large for this site and out of keeping, and we are concerned by the lack of affordable housing in the development. But we want to know what residents think and to remind neighbours of the opportunity to tell the Council direct. Continue reading

Next Your New Town Hall construction forum takes place on 4th April

YNTH-sketchAs construction works continue on the Town Hall and new Civic Centre, the developers and Council have issued details of the next construction forum for for the local community, residents and businesses to raise issues and hear about next steps.

Following on from the 3rd Neighbourhood Construction Forum, which was held on Thursday 1st December 2016, the 4th Neighbourhood Construction Forum will be held on Tuesday 4th April 6pm-8.30pm at Morgan Sindall’s Site Office, Ivor House, 1-9 Acre Lane.

The purpose of this Forum is to have regular, productive communications between the contractor and the local community throughout the construction period. This will be a meeting where issues or concerns can be raised, and dealt with, ensuring that everyone is kept up to date with what is happening on site.

Those interested should confirm attendance to Dalia.Islam@morgansindall.com or 07976 587 990 by Friday 31st March 2017 the latest.

New education centre for Windmill given planning go-ahead

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Architect’s sketch of new education centre in Windmill Gardens

Lambeth’s Planning Department has approved plans for a new education centre at Windmill Gardens. The building will be used to run workshops for schools and other groups as well as supporting the regular programme of Windmill open days and other events.

Having a dedicated building will also allow the Friends of Windmill Gardens to expand their milling activities and develop a social enterprise selling flour to local bakeries, restaurants and retailers, as well as running baking workshops, to fund the education programme. The Friends will also be able to sell and store merchandise, which helps to raise much needed funds for the windmill. When it is not being used for Friends’ activities, the building will be available to hire, at affordable rates, by community groups and others.

Lambeth Council has provided £360,000 to fund the construction of the building and further fundraising is planned by the Friends to fund activities.