DESIGN EVENT @ SIX BRIXTON
The development management team (Igloo) have been working to convert the brief for Somerleyton Road into plans for the site. On the 27th November they showed us the plans so far.
About Somerleyton Road
Somerleyton Road is an exciting community partnership that will see around 300 new homes, a theatre, chefs’ school, workspaces, a street gym and more right in the heart of Brixton. The final development will be owned and managed by a new community body in which the residents, community and business occupiers and the wider community have a say.
Building the Somerleyton Road project could start in 2016 and the development could be finished in 2017.
Please click here to see the project brief for Igloo.
How did it come about?
In the 1950s and 1960s Somerleyton Road was at the heart of Brixton’s West Indian and Irish communities. Forty years ago the homes were demolished and it became harder for local businesses and the community to thrive.
In 2008 Lambeth Council began working with local people on a masterplan for Brixton to guide investment and development in the area. Some Brixton residents came together as they felt Brixton people should be at the forefront of any redevelopment of Somerleyton Road. We set up the Brixton Green community benefit society and over 1,200 Brixton people have become shareholders.
During the following five years Brixton Green and Lambeth Council worked hard to make it possible for such a big asset to be developed in partnership with the community. In 2013 the Lambeth Council’s cabinet agreed and the Somerleyton Road Project was set up.
All photos © Fiona Freund