A HIGH-RISE tower block has suddenly appeared in the design plans for Lambeth’s new town hall project in Brixton.
The multi-storey block of flats has cropped up on the ‘Your New Town Hall’ consultation website – but was not featured in the original presentation by Muse, the developer contracted to deliver the £50m build.
The tower, which would be built on the site currently home to the Hambrook House, headquarters for Lambeth Housing Services, would be far taller than any of the surrounding buildings.
Lambeth Council confirmed the building, which would be located on the junction of Porden Road and Brixton Hill, is one of a number of options to provide new homes.
The version included in Muse’s original presentation shows a less imposing eight-storey structure.
The council plans to reduce the number of core office buildings from fourteen to two, which it says will save at least £4.5m a year and enable the costly project to be built ‘at no extra cost to the tax payer’.
Lambeth council plans to use the town hall for community and business space, the Town Hall Parade for council offices, and the Wanless Road site, as well as Ivor, Hambrook, and Olive Morris House for new homes.
Proposals for new homes are expected to be presented for public consultation in September and the council hopes to submit planning application early next year, with work beginning in summer 2015.
Cllr Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council (Finance & Investment), said: “The image shows just one of several options for the Your New Town Hall project, which we are still consulting on with residents.
“There is currently a public exhibition on display in Lambeth Town Hall and I’d encourage everyone to come and have their say.”