Beyond the general cleaning and repair of the rich red brickwork and handsome stone dressings of the ornate classical facade, little has been changed externally in this baroque town hall. But inside, a labyrinthine warren of Edwardian accommodation has been rationalised – and a soaring new atrium and bridge provide a powerful metaphor for the link between new and old.
Ike Ijeh, Architectural Correspondent, Building Magazine
Client Lambeth Council / Muse Developments
Location Brixton, London
Our plans for this new civic quarter for Lambeth Council and development partner Muse centre around the refurbishment and expansion of the 1908 Grade II listed Lambeth Town Hall, designed by Septimus Warwick and H Austen Hall and the construction of a 11,000sqm BREEAM Excellent Civic Centre, a 200-space cycle hub and 194 new homes, 40% of which will be affordable housing.
The refurbishment of the Town Hall was driven by the council’s ambition to provide a modern, energy efficient workspace, increased public access and community use.
James Pickard recently took part in the Estates Gazette (EG) Property Podcast alongside Morgan Sindall Group company Muse, discussing our work on Lambeth Civic Quarter and the wider regeneration of Brixton.
Our approach uncovered and reinstated the architectural character of this Edwardian landmark while transforming it into a vibrant public building fit for the 21st century. The work included the creation of a new central atrium with an ETFE roof, a new public courtyard and Register Office, and refurbishment of the council chamber, public assembly halls and committee rooms. To encourage innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, a new Enterprise Centre provides meeting and office space for local start-ups and small businesses.
The removal of unsympathetic modern clutter and ad-hoc building extensions was critical to revealing the original building and making it legible again. Original fixtures and fittings were painstakingly restored using traditional trades and techniques. Brass door fittings, joinery, marble and terrazzo, hardwood floors, stained glass, vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, windows and scroll legged radiators were refurbished to bring the building back to its former glory.
In addition to the Town Hall and Civic Centre, the Your New Town Hall masterplan includes:
Demolition of an existing office building and erection of a new building of 14, 10 and 4-6 storeys, accommodating 94 new homes, with ground floor commercial space plus bike and refuse stores.
Refurbishment of an original Art Deco building into 26 new homes at upper floor levels, involving the erection of a mansard roof extension, bike and refuse stores and ground floor and basement commercial space.
Internal alterations to the document storage building to provide a cycle hub with 218 cycle parking spaces, changing and shower facilities and a café.
Olive Morris House
Demolition of the existing council offices and the erection of a part 6 and part 7 storey building comprising 74 new homes, flexible commercial space at ground floor and basement level, cycle parking and 10 disabled car parking spaces.
Photography Hundven-Clements Photography