100 years ago Somerleyton Road was a very fine street of generous villas where many of the first arrivals from the Caribbean on the Windrush settled.
Introducing new homes and uses while celebrating Brixton’s cultural heritage will renew the life of a once-proud street, one of the birthplaces of diversity in today’s London – and one of the city’s greatest strengths.
The project breaks new ground in so many ways, not least the sharing of control of development of council land with a local community based organisation (Brixton Green), the real and deep community led approach to the brief for the project and the provision of long term, low cost funding by the council. Any one of these would be unusual and together they are unique.
The new development will provide around 300 affordable homes, and relocate the Oval House theatre at the Carlton Mansions end of the street. Ground floor uses include a gym, dementia care unit, warden assisted homes for the elderly, convenience store and children’s nursery.
Client: LB Lambeth, Brixton Green, Ovalhouse
Consultants: Development Manager – igloo regeneration