Your New Town Hall – About

The development will pay for itself through the redevelopment of old office buildings that are increasingly expensive to run. The construction cost of Your New Town Hall will be approximately £50 million, but having to run fewer, more efficient buildings will save at least £4.5million a year.

There will be new homes, new jobs and new spaces for businesses and the community, along with fit for purpose council offices which will improve the services that Lambeth residents get from the council.

About the site

The core 2.5 acre site is roughly the triangular around the Town Hall between Acre Lane and Brixton Hill in Brixton. Buildings included within this core site include Lambeth Town Hall, Hambrook House, Ivor House, and Town Hall Parade.

YNTH google map

A number of other buildings currently used by the council will also be affected by the Your New Town Hall. These additional buildings are International House, Olive Morris House, Wynne Road and Phoenix House. You can view all the sites on our map.

Some buildings currently used by the council are occupied on a lease arrangement and will be vacated and returned to their landlords on expiry of the leases. Any money generated from disposals of leases will be crucial to ensuring that the project pays for itself.

This investment will enable the council to maximise the efficiency of the remaining offices and provide significant savings on our annual property costs.

What will be built?

Preserving and refurbishing the town hall to create new community spaces: Some of the ideas to date include space for training, events, exhibitions and a community cafe. While we cannot confirm that all ideas proposed will be included as part of the final scheme, we will work with the community to ensure ideas are thoroughly tested, costed and balanced against other needs of the scheme.

A purpose-built, energy efficient, new council office: The council needs about 14,000 square metres of office space. This is smaller than current usage, partly because the number of staff we employ will continue to reduce, but also because the council is committed to working flexibly and using space more efficiently.

Space for enterprise: We want to encourage innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit that is flourishing in Lambeth. We wanted to open up the town hall to the wider community as soon as possible and so opened the Impact Hub Brixton in April 2014 in the basement of the Town Hall.  After the Town Hall closed in 2016, The Impact Hub have relocated to Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ.

New homes: The YNTH project will contribute 219 quality new homes in total to the wider Future Brixton programme and 47% of these will be ‘affordable housing’. The recent planning applications by Muse Development, covering the Town Hall ‘Triangle’ and Olive Morris House, are for 194 new homes, of which 78 will be affordable and 55 of those will be at the lower social rent. The additional 25 homes being built on the Wynne Road site will all be ‘affordable’.

Residential mix for the Your New Town Hall development

New jobs: The development will create around 600 construction jobs across all sites and phases of construction, including around 35 apprenticeships, as well as work placements. There will be commercial opportunities for local business to get involved and we expect 60p in every £1 to be spent with the local supply chain. There will also be jobs in the new retail spaces once open.

YNTH sketch from July 2014
YNTH sketch from July 2014

 

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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 »