Lambeth council and Network Rail have appointed architects to come up with a new masterplan for central Brixton.
The council and rail company are major landowners in central Brixton, and say they want local people to help with proposals for its regeneration. The area, outlined above in red, was highlighted as a ‘major area for growth and investment in the town centre’ in the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
Two firms, Fluid Architects and AECOM, have been enlisted to help come up with the plan. They have now begun setting up a “local reference group” to help with the brief ahead of wider community engagement.
Brixton Central includes Station Road, The Recreation Centre, Pope’s Road ice rink site and the numerous arches in Valentia Place.
A spokesman for Lambeth said: “The masterplan development brief will detail the type of development and public space we want in the area, as well as how it should be delivered. “Wider engagement with local people will take place in the summer, with the study finishing in the autumn of 2014.”
Working closely with the Brixton Rec User Group (BRUG), the council is commissioning additional survey and capacity work for Brixton Rec, to understand the nature and scale of improvements needed. This will include looking at how the building could be further modernised to meet future leisure demand in the area, as well as the potential to improve its energy efficiency.
Writing on its website last year, Fluid said: “Fluid’s role will be to support Lambeth Council in the co-production process leading to a development brief for Brixton 2014, following initial viability testing to establish options.
“Brixton is established as one of London’s highest profile cultural destinations and is of particular significance to the British African-Caribbean community”.
“The Council and its partner Network Rail, both major landowners in the area are jointly commissioning this Development Brief for the Town Centre.
‘The masterplan is to be ‘co-produced with local citizens'”
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