Lambeth Civic Centre secures planning permission

The Cartwright Pickard designed ‘Your New Town Hall’ project for Muse Developments has now been granted planning consent following unanimous approval by Lambeth Council’s planning committee.

This major regeneration scheme in the heart of  Lambeth will deliver a modern and sustainable new civic office and customer service centre, as well as regenerating the current town hall and surrounding properties to provide new civic and community spaces. It will also provide 194 much-needed new homes for the borough, of which 40% will be affordable.

The Your New Town Hall project is part of a drive to transform civic facilities and buildings in central Brixton and reduce Lambeth’s core office buildings from 14 to 2, saving taxpayers at least £4.5m a year. The approved redevelopment proposals, which cover Town Hall Parade, Hambrook House and Olive Morris House along with the refurbishment of Ivor House and the Town Hall, will deliver:

• A preserved and enhanced Grade II listed Town Hall, more open and accessible to residents
• High quality office/ meeting spaces for local enterprise, start-ups and the community – twice the size of the Impact Hub project that is already based in the Town Hall – to encourage innovation
and entrepreneurial spirit
• A new, 120,000 sq ft, BREEAM Excellent civic building with much improved customer centre and council offices
• 194 new homes including 40% affordable housing
• A car-free development except for basement parking for wheelchair residents within the Olive Morris House development
• New landscaped public areas
• A new cycle hub with changing/ shower facilities and a café

Thomasin Renshaw, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: “We are delighted that the planning committee has resolved to grant planning permission for the ‘Your New Town Hall’ project. These plans will deliver a modern, energy-efficient civic office for Lambeth, and regenerate the current town hall and surrounding properties for new civic and community spaces. We are looking forward to making a start on site in the coming months.

The retained buildings are to be repaired and  their appearance greatly improved with the removal of insensitive alterations and additions, returning them closer to their original appearance. Active uses and retail frontages will add vitality at street level.

The new buildings are designed to achieve a good relationship with the historic buildings and respect the character of the Conservation Area. A contemporary aesthetic is sought using local materials with crisp and modern detailing. Order, symmetry and simplicity have been sought with the desire to create a timeless piece of architecture which will sit comfortably in its setting.

James Pickard of Cartwright Pickard said  “This is a once in a lifetime  opportunity to transform the way Lambeth delivers its services, whilst at the same time regenerating an urban quarter of Brixton and breathing new life into its iconic listed town hall. The team are excited to take this project to the next stage and begin progress on site. ”

The project will provide around 600 new jobs including 35 apprenticeships and work placements.