Brixton Rec

Lambeth Council has published an independent report on a range of refurbishment options for Brixton Recreation Centre.

Specialist engineers and surveyors, with architects Stride Treglown, have identified the scale of refurbishment work to the Rec necessary to secure the building’s long term future. The report recommends a two phase investment strategy which would allow the Rec to keep running for the next five to seven years while the council seeks funding for more  extensive refurbishment, estimated to cost between £20m – £45m.

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Specialist engineers and surveyors, with architects Stride Treglown, have identified the scale of refurbishment work to the Rec necessary to secure the building’s long term future. The report recommends a two phase investment strategy which would allow the Rec to keep running for the next five to seven years while the council seeks funding for more  extensive refurbishment, estimated to cost between £20m – £45m.

Lambeth council has already earmarked £6m to carry out vital maintenance and repairs to the Rec as Phase 1 and that work could begin early in 2016. The Stride Treglown report examines how space, services and facilities at the Rec could be reconfigured to meet the demand of a wide range of users and best meet the long term needs of our community.  It currently gets 750,000 visits a year and with Lambeth’s population set to grow by 10% over the next decade, the Rec needs to have improved disabled access and more flexible use of space, supporting Lambeth’s Sports Facility Strategy.

Among the main findings of the assessment are;

  • Additional swimming pool and sports hall provision can be created but the associated cost of structural changes may make that economically unfeasible
  • Additional health and fitness provision can be created
  • Relocation of some activities within the building could make it more efficient
  • Relocation of the entrance to street level would be beneficial
  • Large areas of the building have potential for community and commercial use that could reinforce the Rec’s role in the wider community as more than a leisure centre, and generate income
  • There is the potential to reduce energy consumption and save around £100,000 a year

Stride Treglown have outlined the impact, benefit and cost of three levels of refurbishment from a ‘Rec Refresh’ estimated  at  around £20m, a ‘Rec Reboot’ at around £40m and a ‘Rec Plus option requiring a  similar level of investment.

The  scale of costs to do more than keep the Rec open and operational for the next few years are beyond the council’s means in the current financial climate but the first phase investment of £6m will allow alternative funding options to be explored. It is expected that the council will confirm the allocation of funds to start Phase 1 early next year.

Read the report in full here.

Listed status

Brixton Rec has been listed by Historic England, documents from the council relating to the application are below:

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Brixton Conversations film screening

2015-11-07 2pm (screening at 3pm for approx 20 mins) to 5pm
The Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG
What does heritage mean, what is home & what creates our connection to Brixton? Anchor & Magnet asked 10 brixtonites to take part in a one to one chat with a fellow local they'd never met on film.... More »

Somerleyton Road exhibition

2015-10-13 5.30pm to 8pm
The Black Cultural Archives Heritage Centre
After many years working with local people on an ambitious new development incl more than 300 new homes and a theatre, we've now submitted a planning application. Come and see the plans and model.... More »

Somerleyton Road exhibition

2015-10-14 12 noon to 2pm
The Black Cultural Archives Heritage Centre
After many years working with local people on an ambitious new development incl more than 300 new homes and a theatre, we've now submitted a planning application. Come and see the plans and model.... More »

Somerleyton Road exhibition

2015-10-17 12 noon to 3pm
The Black Cultural Archives Heritage Centre
After many years working with local people on an ambitious new development incl more than 300 new homes and a theatre, we've now submitted a planning application. Come and see the plans and model.... More »