Work has begun on the next phase of improvements to the exterior of Brixton Rec, including enhancements to the concourse and renovation of shops at ground floor level, Lambeth council said today (11 September).
It said the works would “bring to life” the area around the Rec by lighting the building, reinstating original signage and carrying out improvements to shopfronts, make the street more welcoming for shoppers.
The Rec would benefit from improvements to its publicly accessible areas, and a “Walk of Fame” will celebrate sporting achievements along the pedestrian ramp. Space will be cleared on the Rec’s concourse for future events or exhibitions.
Cllr Jacqui Dyer, council cabinet member for inclusive economy and equalities, said: “I am pleased that we are continuing to make great progress on enhancing the area around Brixton Rec and supporting local businesses by encouraging more shoppers to visit.
“We are making the public areas more open and welcoming by adding more lighting that will complement the Rec’s distinctive architecture.”
The council said this was the latest phase of the Revitalising Brixton Rec Quarter project to make the area around the Rec and Brixton Station Road more accessible “while preserving the rich heritage of the Grade II listed building”.
The work is expected to be completed by mid-December, with each shop closing for between two to four weeks before the end of October. The council has been supporting affected businesses to find temporary storage space while the works take place.
Cllr Dyer said: “We will do everything in our power to minimise the disruption to the shops while the renovation work is going on.
“I hope that when these works are completed, even more people will support these unique local businesses who add so much to Brixton’s culture, economy and character.”
Many of the businesses concerned have complained for years about leaks from the Rec into their premises.