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Brixton regeneration scheme given approval

Words: Laura Edgar

Lambeth Council has granted planning approval for a regeneration scheme in Brixton.

The Somerleyton Road project, by a partnership comprising Lambeth Council, Ovalhouse Theatre and community benefit society Brixton Green, is a 1.7-hectare site that aims to deliver 304 new homes for rent by local people, a mix of community facilities and a purpose-built home for the Ovalhouse Theatre.

The planning application for the project was submitted to the council in September.

Igloo is delivering the project and Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design are the planning consultants for the project.

Hilary Satchwell, director of Tibbalds, said: “This project is a great example of using the planning application process as a tool for delivery – especially for a proposal on public land. A community vision inspired the planning application, and the plans have made sure that Brixton’s distinct character, which lies at the heart of the local community, is protected and enhanced.

“Where the Somerleyton Road scheme is particularly interesting is the way that it approaches mixed and flexible tenure homes for a wide range of people and embeds this into planning. The proposals will bring to life the currently inactive side of a long street, close to the town centre and has the potential to be a real asset to the community.”

Lambeth Council, owner of most of the land, has chosen to act as its own developer, while Metropolitan Workshop is the lead architect. Four additional architects have also been appointed: Haworth Tompkins, Mæ Architects, Foster Wilson and Zac Monro Architects. Gross Max is designing the public realm and landscape.

Developed in collaboration with the community, Metropolitan Workshop’s plans include new “flexible” community spaces, cultural and creative workspaces, nursery space, retail space and a street gym.

The development also ensures that the locally listed ‘Nuclear Dawn’ mural is preserved for posterity while open spaces will create ‘hotspots’ for residents and local people to socialise and relax.

The project team is targeting a BREEAM Very Good rating for all non-domestic buildings, with an aspiration to achieve BREEAM Excellent and a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 for all proposed dwellings on site.

Work is due to start on site in early 2016.

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