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.
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’.
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.