The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1,950,000 to the initiative and Lambeth Council has committed a further £650,000.
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:
- Bringing empty residential and commercial premises back into use
- Upgrading windows, shop fronts and signage
- Repairing or reinstating historic architectural details
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7926 9588.