07 . 02 . 2018

Topping out in Brixton

By Natalie Vincent

Lambeth's Grade II-listed town hall in Brixton reopened on 5 January with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, following an 18-month refurbishment.

The opening was attended by the mayor of Lambeth, Marcia Cameron, and council leader, Lib Peck, who said:  “It looks absolutely fantastic. This building has stood at the centre of our civic pride for more than 100 years and we have ensured it will continue to hold this important place for many more decades.

"Beyond that, the refurbished town hall will provide more community space – something our residents have asked for – and we are also really delighted to be able to offer start-up space for new businesses at reasonable rent in this building."

Another stage of the council's redevelopment of former office buildings into housing reached a key milestone in December.

A 'topping out' ceremony held at Brook House in Brixton Hill celebrated reaching the highest point in construction, as part of the council's £36 million 'Your New Town Hall' scheme, which will develop 194 new homes, 47% of which are earmarked as affordable.

Previously used for council offices, the building formerly known as Hambrook House was demolished as part of plans for the council to downsize from 14 buildings to two, which will save £4.5 million a year.

With an expected completion date of September 2018, Brook House will comprise 48 council-level rent homes, managed by Notting Hill Housing, and 46 private apartments, plus ground floor retail space; residential sales launched last November. 

Paul McGlone, deputy leader of the council, said: "These flats are important as we bid to build 1,000 new homes at council-level rent, and boost the availability of new homes in the borough.

"We are using the land we own, investing big amounts and running new housing schemes all over the borough to deliver on this pledge."