Designing Somerleyton Road

Local people helped us to write a brief for Somerleyton Road that we gave to Igloo, the development management team. It said that we needed homes people can afford, jobs and training, and a chance to build a community.

A site masterplan set out what was possible and how the development should respond to the surrounding area. A team of five architects designed the six individual buildings to create architectural variety and a lively street. Lambeth’s planning committee approved the planning application on Tuesday 15 December 2015 and you can read more about how we got here below.

Masterplanning

Between July and November 2014, Igloo worked with the steering group partners (Lambeth Council, Brixton Green and Ovalhouse) and local residents to turn our vision for the site into a ‘masterplan’). This means looking in detail to see what is possible on the site and how it could work with the surrounding neighbourhood.

We held a number of events and information from the November 2014 exhibition is here. Since then, there’s been lots of work to design the buildings and the outside spaces. You can see this work below.

Designing the buildings 

Five architects, led by Metropolitan Workshop and including Brixton-based Zac Monro Architects, were appointed to work on six individual ‘plots’.

In April 2015 we held an event to come and meet the architects and at the Street Party on Saturday 27 June they displayed their work to date and collected feedback. In September 2015 the planning application was submitted and an exhibition of the plans was held at BCA in October 2015.

See below for an overview of the plots and the designs.

Plot A – Carlton Mansions – Zac Monro Architects

  • Refurbishment of locally-listed Carlton Mansions into 1,233m2 of creative workspace
  • Linked to (and will be managed by) Ovalhouse theatre
  • Keeping the ‘Nuclear Dawn’ mural, which will feature as part of new public realm space at the entrance to the theatre
  • New covered roof terrace

Zac Monro Architects are Brixton based and were keen to work on building creative workshops out of the Carlton Mansions site. Zac Monro was an original Brixton Green shareholder and is a director of the Brixton Pound.

“As longstanding Brixtonians Carlton Mansion is a building we’ve known and loved for years. It comes with a lot of history and the aim is to keep as much of it as possible; re-using any of the bits that have to go and respecting the spirit of what has gone before. Its conversion into the theatre’s creative workspaces will open it up and give it a new lease of life, and the Ovalhouse ethic works well with the robust character of its interior.”

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Sketch of Carlton Mansions linking to the new theatre

Plot B – Ovalhouse theatre – Foster Wilson Architects

  • Two new performance spaces
  • Seven flexible studio spaces
  • Entrance and cafe bar
  • New outdoor public spaces at the Coldharbour Lane entrance and Railway Yard behind
  • Two floors of creative workspace

Internationally renowned for their cultural buildings, Foster Wilson is designing a prominent new home for Ovalhouse theatre on the corner of Coldharbour Lane, close to the site of the old Brixton Theatre that was destroyed by a bomb in the Second World War.

Plot C – Chef’s training school and new homes – Metropolitan Workshop

  • 127 new homes (1, 2 and 3 bedroom units) each with private balcony or small garden
  • Varying heights and building lines to create variety and space
  • Room for a chef school on the ground floor
  • Communal garden at front with play space
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View of the communal gardens in front of one of plot C

Metropolitan Workshop, who are also the team behind the ‘masterplan’, designed this mainly residential building, varying in height from two storeys to a maximum of eleven.

Plot D – Extra care homes – Mae Architects

  • 65 self contained extra care homes (one and two bedroom)
  • Green spaces through central courtyard garden and internal winter gardens
  • Shared lounge and dining areas on ground floor opening onto courtyard garden
  • Fully wheelchair accessible throughout

Mae Architects is designing the extra care building in the centre of the development, which will provide supported living to people over 55. The first tenants in the new extra-care building will be current residents from nearby Fitch Court, who have helped Mae Architects design their new homes.

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The street gym between the extra-care building (right) and Plot E

Plot E – New homes, a nursery, and flexible community space

  • 70 new homes (1, 2 and 3 bedrooms)
  • Space for a nursery and children’s centre, with outside play space
  • A community hub on the corner of Somerleyton Passage

London-based studio, Haworth Tomkins Architects, is designing the building which is on the corner of Somerleyton Passage.

Plot F – New homes and convenience store

  • 42 new homes (mainly family  homes of 3 or 4 bedrooms)
  • All have access to private outdoor space (gardens, balconies and communal roof terrace)
  • shop unit on the ground floor at corner of Somerleyton Passage

This plot, at the southern end of the site, is also being designed by Metropolitan Workshop. It includes a residential block and a terrace of duplex housing.

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Family homes at the southern end of Somerleyton Road

Designing the outside space

Metropolitan Workshop and Gross Max have been looking at how the public outside space can be enjoyed by the people living in, working in, and visiting Somerleyton Road. A number of ideas were suggested by local people, such as the street gym and the community growing garden. Creating activity around Somerleyton Passage was also a priority.

Five open spaces are proposed. These are:

  • Theatre square
  • Railway yard
  • Community growing garden
  • Street gym
  • Somerleyton passage

The public realm (or outside space)

 

Read the planning committee report

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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 »