Designing Your New Town Hall

The Your New Town Hall project aims to open up decision making to local people by building civic spaces that people will use. This means designing the scheme with the people that it’s being built for.

Since December 2012, we’ve been talking with local residents, community groups and businesses about what could be included in the development. This has continued throughout the construction phase of the project.

Our brief for a development partner

In December 2012, we held an event for the community at Lambeth Town Hall. This event involved local people and businesses defining their ambitions for the new civic or community space within Your New Town Hall.

The key criteria for suggestions made were that they must be:

  • commercially self-sustaining
  • co-exist positively with businesses and other organisations in the area
  • co-produced with the community, and
  • tested and validated to ensure economic viability and proven market demand.

An exciting set of ideas and suggestions emerged.  These ideas have been taken forward with developers and through further community involvement.

What people told us informed our discussions with potential developers in 2013 which saw the appointment of Muse Developments as our development partner. You can find out more about how we chose this developer in the blog post ‘Your comments on Your New Town Hall’.

Image from original Muse bid
Image from original Muse bid

Your scheme

Local people and businesses have helped to generate ideas for the project, select the development partner and design the scheme. Here is an overview of this activity.

Town Hall for All event

An open to all ideas event took place on 7 December 2012.  At the event local people, businesses and organisations came together to  discuss how the Your New Town Hall can provide more flexible workspaces for social enterprises, small businesses and the community, as well as the council.

You can read the Town Hall for All Ideas Report here.

The ideas in the report have been driving our discussions with Muse Developments.

You can also watch a video about the ‘Town Hall for All’ ideas event here:

Reviewing the shortlisted developers

On 1 October 2013, the three developers shortlisted to redesign Your New Town Hall  (Kajima, Muse and United House) presented their proposals to the public at the Ritzy. They gave short presentations about how they have progressed their proposals for the Your New Town Hall scheme and its surrounding area. You can view the presentations below.

Many thanks to everyone who commented via the survey or directly on this site.

Community Design Events

Throughout July 2014 Muse and Lambeth Council held a number of community design events with the aim of improving the design of Your New Town Hall through local involvement. People were encouraged to share their ideas and thoughts, particularly about the civic spaces included in the project, such as the customer centre and the register office.

Events included meetings with residents living nearby the sites that make up Your New Town Hall, workshops for community organisations and public exhibitions, including at the Lambeth Country Show. Young people told us what they thought in this film by Photofusion.

What people said helped to shape the final proposals for the scheme.

Post-planning involvement

On 1 September 2015, the council’s planning committee approved the planning application that was submitted by Muse Developments in April 2015. You can read more details about the application on the blog or Muse’s Your New Town Hall site. Muse’s consultation statement can be found here.

Community involvement doesn’t end here. We will continue to talk with local residents, community groups and businesses as we work out the design details, particularly for the public spaces in the refurbished town hall. When Your New Town Hall opens in late 2017, the town hall will retain many of the public facing civic functions – council and committee meetings, councillor offices, mayor’s parlour, and, of course the register office.

Meeting rooms will be available for public use and the re-vamped assembly rooms will be an easy to get to event space, able to cater for a range of private and public events (from wedding receptions to craft fayres or conferences).

 

Events

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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 »