Transforming Brixton's Civic Space

In April 2016, Muse Developments began work to deliver Your New Town Hall, Lambeth Council's vision for their 111 year old Grade 2 Town Hall, Civic Centre and the surrounding public space. Morgan Sindall Construction was appointed as the main contractor for the £80m program in the heart of Brixton.

Mixing restoration and modern civic design, Morgan Sindall Construction delivered the council's main office, reducing 14 buildings to two. They also delivered 194 new homes and new collaborative work spaces. 

The project committed to delivering real social value to the community.

Aiming to deliver real economic growth, the project recruited 15% of its workforce locally and trained 28 apprentices. Additionally the project also achieved 100% safety after one million worker hours spent.

Working towards sustainable communities, the project recycled 95% of its waste and achieved BREEAM Excellent across two sites. The project delivered savings of £4.5m per year in office space running costs.

 

By the numbers

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Completion date

Apprentices

Talented People

Local Labour Employed

Of Waste Recycled

Safe worker hours (no RIDDOR)

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Impact

Lambeth Town Hall was iconic, loved by the community and had to be treated with respect. It required mixing grade 2 listed Edwardian restoration with cutting edge civic design.

Working in partnership with Lambeth Council and the community, Morgan Sindall Construction was able to celebrate the beauty of the exisiting building while delivering a modern agile working environment for Lambeth staff.

Community

In keeping with our Total Commitment to developing people and enhancing communities, we placed the local community at the centre of the project.

  • Creating new Enterprise 'Hub' for local start-ups
  • Employing 15% local workforce
  • 28 new apprentices
  • New public green space
Environment

To encourage healthy commuting, we included cycle storage, changing facilities and a cafe within 'The Press'. The council has also provided pool bikes and pool Bromptons for staff to use.

Fulfilling our Total Commitment to improving the environment, secondary glazing improved thermal performance of the original windows and LED lighting dramatically reduce running costs. A recycled water tank with low usage sanitary-ware has been installed to minimise water demand.

The project also uses renewable energy from photovoltaic panels installed on the roof, together with a site-wide energy centre that upgraded the traditional building with cutting edge technologies.

Technology

Within the Civic Centre, structural glazing fronts the building-height atrium, using 340 sqm of SageGlass. This is an electronically charged intelligent glazing system that provides solar control and contributes towards the BREEAM target of Excellent. This was the first use of the SageGlass curtain walling system in the UK.

In the town hall a photovoltaic (PV) panel was introduced and an ETFE fluorine-based plastic roof installed to create an airy atrium reception, complemented by two scenic lifts.

While under construction, the project benefited from a standalone website, sharing the project milestones and images for the community to track and engage with. 

Your New Town Hall has transformed itself to become a centre of conservation through preservation of the historic building, while upgrading it to achieve the highest environmental standards."

- Dan Murray – Senior Programme Manager, London Borough of Lambeth

Everyone I have spoken to loves their new working environment. They have now moved to either the Town Hall or the Civic Centre: both feel much more modern, light and airy, and are a much better place to work.”

- Councillor Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council

Preserving Brixton's heritage

The project faced many challenges to ensure the Town Hall’s original character was not compromised. Morgan Sindall Construction's approach to conservation and repair included adopting a collective decision-making process with all stakeholders. This was crucial to the project’s success.

The biggest challenge was restoring and retaining historic features from the 109-year-old town hall.

The entire M&E system was replaced, including a design and installation package worth £20m across the whole project. A paint archaeologist was brought in to identify the original colour palette and a light touch approach was adopted to conserve as much of the original patination as possible. 

All remaining original fixtures, fittings, furniture, including signage, were retained, refurbished and reinstated. This included brass door fittings, joinery, marble and terrazzo, stained glass features, vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, windows, hardwood floors and radiators.

Awards

  • EPC Rating: C Town Hall, A Civic Office
  • BREEAM Excellent (BREEAM 2008 Offices fully fitted)
  • RIBA Awards 2019 winner
  • 2018 Constructing Excellence Rejuvenation & Restoration – Regional winner
  • 2018 Constructing Excellence Rejuvenation & Restoration – National winner
  • Considerate Constructors Gold winner
  • 2019 New Build Outside Central London award winner
  • 2019 British Council of Offices Awards – Highly Commended

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