Feedback from ‘Meet the Architect’s’ at Six Brixton in April

Written by Future Brixton team

April 30, 2015
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On Tuesday 14 April almost 100 people came to Six Brixton on Somerleyton Road to meet the architects responsible for designing the new buildings as part of the community-led development at Somerleyton Road including Brixton based architects, Zac Monroe.

Representatives from each company were on hand to introduce themselves to the community and listen to their ideas for the street. People were able to see examples of each architect’s work on previous projects as well as up to date designs for the overall Somerleyton Road masterplan. Lots of positive feedback was received along with many imaginative ideas.

  • Plot A  – Oval House Creative Workshops -Zac Monro Archietcts
  • Plot B – Oval House Theatre Foster Wilson Architects
  • Plot C Chefs School and New Homes  and F  New Homes and Retail  – Metropolitan Workshop
  • Plot D Extra Care Homes – Mae Architects
  • Plot E – New Homes, a  nursery, flexible community space and children’s centre – Haworth Tompkins Architects

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Lots of positive feedback was received along with many imaginative ideas for the street.

The public clearly supported development of Oval House theatre and re-use of Carlton Mansions. There were some really good suggestions for these buildings.  The quality of the spaces in the theatres was clearly important to local people.  For example there was a suggestion that there should be natural light in all spaces. People suggested that the foyer should have a café and that the outdoor space was just as important as the indoor space and should include lots of greenery.  One of the most innovative ideas was use historical information about old theatres in Brixton to inspire the design of the foyer.

Some of the suggestions uses for the theatre included film screenings and debates. There was a suggestion that the space could be split to allow smaller performances to be shown.   Uses for Carlton Mansions included a space for older people.

There were lots of suggestions for the new flats.  Food growing and bbq areas were suggested for the outside spaces.  People said that they would like inviting communal spaces inside the blocks.  These could host things like a party room, a place to have a cup of coffee or launderettes.  Inside flats should be light and airy with adequate spaces to store belongings and dry clothes.

There were some excellent ideas for the street itself with one person stating that they would like to se art integrated in to the design of the public realm and buildings. There were some questions about the parking arrangements for the street, especially for visitors to the extra care homes and what facilities will be provided along the street.  The project team are working on these issues and will be able to answer these questions in the near future.

There is still time to tell us what you think about the design of the new dwellings at Somelryton Road. Answer our online survey here.

2 Thoughts on “Feedback from ‘Meet the Architect’s’ at Six Brixton in April

  1. Marilyn Rogers says:

    I liked comments mentioning community art and as I attended initial plans and am a Brixton Green shareholder. It is important that social hosuing (affordable to the community)is at the forefront of designs. Oval House as a frontage onto Coldharbour lane should have a prominent presence. I want Carlton mansions to remain. If not as a historical heritage site (e.g. Museum tenements Glasgow/New York), as a usable one for the community. Art and creative use of architecture is important to me but it has to be accessible.

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