Brixton Townscape Heritage Initiative

The Brixton Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) will see a £2.6 million investment in historic buildings and the part they play in local culture. The focus is on Electric Avenue – built in the 1880s it was the first shopping street in the country to be lit by electricity and found fame in 1983 through the Eddy Grant single of the same name.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1,950,000 to the initiative and Lambeth Council has committed a further £650,000.

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Map showing THI area heritage designations

 

The Brixton Heritage Regeneration Partnership

What the money will be spent on was developed with the local community and partners. The Brixton Heritage Regeneration Partnership includes representatives from Brixton Neighbourhood Forum, Brixton Market Traders’ Federation, Brixton Society, Brixton BID, Friends of Windmill Gardens, Brixton Pound, and Lambeth Council and is keen to expand its membership, which is open to all local organisations. Please contact Ellie Cook for further information (details below).

The partnership has published a Charter and includes a shared vision for Brixton town centre.

Restoring former glory

The THI is about recognising the quality of the area’s historic buildings and local distinctiveness and the contribution these make to economic regeneration of the area.

The money will see Victorian properties restored and empty upper floor space brought back into use as new homes.  Grants of up to 85 per cent will be available to property and business owners in the area for relevant building work.  Eligible works will include:

  1. Bringing empty residential and commercial premises back into use
  2. Upgrading windows, shop fronts and signage
  3. Repairing or reinstating historic architectural details

 

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Electric Avenue in 1912

 

Community projects

The scheme will see £105,000 put towards a series of community projects, including a proposal for solar powered electricity. The community projects aim to broaden engagement with Brixton’s heritage and include children and young people’s workshops, a temporary Brixton Museum and guided heritage walks.

There will be lots of opportunities for local people to get involved in the Brixton Townscape Heritage Initiative with a programme of community and training activities.

For further information on the Brixton THI, including grants and community activities, please contact Ellie Cook via ecook@lambeth.gov.uk or 020 7926 9588.

 

 

Useful Brixton Central Links

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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 »