Meanwhile on Pope’s Road – project update

Written by Future Brixton

December 4, 2014
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Construction work is due to begin in earnest during December on the meanwhile site at Pope’s Rd in Brixton, once formal agreements are in place with Lambeth council.

In April 2014 architect Carl Turner partnered with landscape architects & urban designers, The Edible Bus Stop (EBS) and together they won a council run competition to develop the site. The structure of the original team has now changed and as a result the EBS has withdrawn from the project. They will be now focusing their efforts on another exciting meanwhile project, as part of “The Platform” in Loughborough Junction.

Going forward the scheme, formally known as Grow:Brixton, will be called POP Brixton.

The project will still provide a range of enterprise and community space, along with employment and training opportunities for local people.

Pop Brixton latest plan, Dec 2014

Cllr Jack Hopkins, cabinet member for Growth and Jobs said:

“This is an exciting project, but because it’s a temporary space, we need to get moving.

The Edible Bus Stop has contributed hugely to developing the scheme and deserves credit and thanks for that. We have every confidence in Pop Brixton and look forward to bringing this imaginative project to life.”

As part of the deal, POP Brixton will sign a “Service Level Agreement” with the Council, which will set out targets for training local people, as well as ensuring the provision of affordable workspace within the scheme. It  will also enshrine the following project objectives:

  • Local management: Programming and use of the space should involve local people, organisations and businesses to support local trade and enterprise and local community initiatives.
  • Support local groups and encourage creativity: Cultural and creative organisations in Lambeth should be encouraged to get involved in delivering activities and using the space.
  • Complement not compete: Care should be taken to ensure activities are complementary to the town centre, including the surrounding street markets.
  • Keep money and skills locally: Future plans should seek to ensure that income generated supports the local economy, users of the site and the community.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Special effort should be applied to the provision of a balanced programme of site activity to include events, educational/ training courses and employment opportunity that is inclusive and where possible, accessible to all.

A project steering group, chaired by Cllr Hopkins, and including the Brixton Market Traders Federation, Brixton £, ward councillor Cllr Matt Parr, local residents and council officers will oversee the agreement.

POP Brixton will open its doors in February 2015 and will run until at least October 2017. For more information, to enquire about renting a space or getting involved, visit the web site www.popbrixton.org, or on twitter @popbrixton

You can also visit the POP Brixton page on the Future Brixton site. And find out about the new short-term car park also on the site here.

The Edible Bus Stop will take their Grow:Brixton concept with them and are now working on new ventures to continue their vision. Watch this space!

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