The redevelopment of 49 Brixton Station Road and 6 Canterbury Crescent will provide new homes, workspace and commercial space on the current site of International House and Pop Brixton, as well as improvements to market infrastructure and the public realm.
Residents, businesses, and key stakeholders from across Lambeth will be invited to take part in community workshops where they can learn more about the development and help to shape this opportunity.
The community workshops will be led by engagement specialists, Mutual Gain, who will work to ensure the diversity of the area is represented and local people have input.
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Cllr Danny Adilypour, Lambeth Council deputy leader and cabinet member for sustainable growth and new homes, said: “We are committed to involving the local community in these exciting plans for the centre of Brixton, which will deliver genuinely affordable housing, space for local businesses and better facilities for residents.
“I am looking forward to hearing the views of residents and businesses who can help shape the final proposals.
“Their contribution will be vital to making sure the project reflects the views of local people.
“This is a real chance to deliver affordable homes and workspace in a way that places environmental sustainability, active citizenship and training and job opportunities for local residents at its heart.”
At least a quarter of apprenticeships created by the development will be offered directly to local people during the construction phase and 15 local residents will be supported to achieve professional training qualifications.
The project will deliver a range of benefits:
- The former council offices at International House will be retained and refurbished to provide more than 7,800sqm workspace for local businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups – with 20 percent secured as affordable workspace.
- More than 200 new homes of which half will be delivered as social rent and shared ownership/London Living Rent.
- Brixton’s street market will be improved through the provision of new car park, storage space waste compound facilities
- Brixton Station Road and Popes Road will be improved to promote a healthy and safe environment for walking and cycling and other forms of active travel.
- Climate resilience measures such as tree planting, landscaping and the introduction of Sustainable urban Drainage Systems (SuDs).
The site at 49 Brixton Station Road has been occupied by Pop Brixton since 2015, and the former council offices at International House in 6 Canterbury Crescent has been used to create an affordable workspace since 2018.Both leases have been extended until Autumn 2023.
The public workshops are the initial stage of engagement on the scheme, with community consultation events expected to take place from March 2023 and followed by the submission of a planning application later this year.
London Square Chief Executive Adam Lawrence said: “This is an opportunity for local people to help shape this landmark project that will bring significant investment into central Brixton and more jobs for Brixton residents.
“Our focus is to work with Lambeth and the local community to provide well designed affordable homes of the highest quality for local people and families – with attractive green public spaces to improve the surrounding area.”
“This is London Square’s second project in Lambeth, following its award-winning transformation of a derelict cinema site on Streatham Hill, which had been empty for years, into new homes with shops, a café, and a community theatre.”