Number Six to close
Written by Future Brixton team
September 10, 2015
Categories: Somerleyton Road
Following recent flood damage and concerns about the safety of the building, Lambeth Council and Brixton Green have reluctantly decided to close Number Six Somerleyton Road. The extent of the rainwater damage means it is not cost effective to carry out repairs for the few weeks that the building remains operational.
By mutual consent, Brixton Green and the council have agreed a termination of the licence with effect from tomorrow, Friday 11 September 2015. Block Workout will continue to use the outside space for the street gym.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet member for Growth and Jobs said: “The building has been an important part of the Somerleyton Road project and it’s a shame that floods and damage have meant early closure. With the forthcoming consideration of the planning application, an exciting new chapter for Somerleyton Road can begin but I would like to thank everyone who’s worked so hard to make Number Six a focal point for the local community and a home to an extraordinary range of people and events.”
Brad Carroll of Brixton Green said: “Together we created a great space. Some nights there would be Block Workout’s packed boot camp class outside, Brixton Yoga’s classes, the London Samba School rehearsing in the main room, Aculco running their radio show, a debate on the future of housing in the back room and the dominoes club at the front. The building was truly buzzing!
“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. The Chelsea Flower Show gave us plants, the Royal Academy gave us mirrors, pupils from Hill Mead school have had music and gardening lessons, we’ve hosted opera, dance and debates, involving thousands of people. It wasn’t always easy but we made a dilapidated old building into a great community space and a lot of good things have happened there.”
Here’s just some of the things that happened at Number Six:
- the English National Opera’s community choir
- 10 local people being trained and qualifying with Groundworks
- Block Workout having the opportunity to develop their first street gym
- Somerleyton Road’s first ever street party (linked with Hill Mead’s summer fair)
- World Cup nights held outside number Six
- performances from Omar, Dennis Bovell and King Tubby
- donations of plants from the Chelsea Flower Show, mirrors from the Royal Academy and planters from the South Bank art exhibition
- events such as Makerhood’s Design Week, UCL’s Data What? event and Disco Soup
- the music and gardening classes for children from Hill Mead
- all the regular classes for local people to attend – Samba, South Asian and South American dance, drumming classes and yoga
- children’s activities in the holidays including music workshops
- visits and debates with overseas organisations including delegations from Holland and South Korea
- community workshops for the Somerleyton Road project and other Lambeth project, plus the National Community Land Trust and GLA
Go to the Somerleyton Road pages for more information about this project.