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Council plan to redevelop Somerleyton road/ Ovalhouse Theatre to move to the site.

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Recent email from Future Brixton- (Lambeth Council)

Somerleyton Road - Theatre could open in Brixton
An exciting new redevelopment project for Somerleyton Road in Brixton could feature a new theatre at its heart. Two local organisations - Brixton Green and Ovalhouse - are working with the council on the project, which could see new homes, workspaces and possibly health and education facilities built on the site that is largely council owned.

Lots will be happening in the next few weeks and Brixton Green will be holding a series of community events so that everyone has the opportunity to shape the vision. The first event will take place at Dexter’s / Lysada Adventure Playground, 2-30 Railton Road, Brixton SE24 OLN on:
o Saturday 2 February (drop-in any time between 11am to 5pm).

Ovalhouse will be consulting on its potential move to Brixton and a series of meetings with architects will take place to begin looking at options. For more information please visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/futurebrixton, www.brixtongreen.org or www.ovalhouse.com.


There is article in last weekends SLP but cannot find it online. Might photograph it.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
The first event will take place at Dexter’s / Lysada Adventure Playground, 2-30 Railton Road, Brixton SE24 OLN on:
o Saturday 2 February (drop-in any time between 11am to 5pm).

This event will be run by Social Life

Who say they are

Social Life understands that building thriving places depends on much more than bricks and mortar.

Too many developments, towns and cities fail because the reality of what people and communities want and need has been neglected in their creation.
Our mission is to reconnect placemaking with people’s everyday experience and the way that communities work.
We work internationally with communities, built environment professionals, public agencies and governments, putting people and social need at the heart of the way cities, towns and new developments are planned, developed and managed.
Our expertise is in the social dimensions of placemaking and sustainability, in understanding how to accelerate local social innovation and in knowing how to translate these insights into practice and policy.
Social Life is a social enterprise and was created by the Young Foundation.
To find out more see:
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Having a wander around Social Lifes website and found this



current projects: Brixton Green

Social Life is currently providing pro bono support to Brixton Green, a non-profit registered mutual society set up, owned and run by residents to make sure local people have a voice in the regeneration of Brixton's Somerleyton Road in South London. The work involves carrying out research to assess levels of resilience amongst the communities that are adjacent to Brixton Green's proposed regeneration site.
Click here to read the full report.
The report is called "Wellbeing and Resilience on the Moorlands estate, Brixton"
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Here is historical background to Ovalhouse Theatre



History

The roots of Ovalhouse can be traced back to the 1930s and its foundations, as Christ Church (Oxford) Clubs, by the graduates of Christchurch College, Oxford. The young people from disadvantaged areas in South London were able to use the space for sports activities and were taken on away days along with skills training which they could use for the future. Since that time Ovalhouse has pioneered enabling forms of education and artistic endeavour.
Ovalhouse's reputation as"one of the most important centres for pioneer fringe theatre groups" dates from the 1960s, when the club underwent a radical change in the policy of the club with the newly appointed warden, Peter Oliver (who became the artistic founder of Oval House Theatre) Peter took it upon himself to change the focus of activities from sport to drama; this changed everything and heralded the emergence of experimental theatre. This new and exciting style moved away from the narrative and approached the theatre space as a laboratory in which to explore new forms of performance. New companies such as Lumiere and Sons and The Pip Simmons Show used the renamed Oval House as a space to experiment and launch this new style in an optimistic era.
Oval House has played a key part in supporting the experimental theatre companies of the '60s and '70s, the emergence of gay and lesbian and women's theatre in the 1970's and 80's and the development of new Black and Asian writing in the '90s and into the next millennium. Now called just Ovalhouse, we still programme work by some of the most innovative, cutting edge theatre practitioners in Britain and beyond.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Ovalhouse also work with young people


Ovalhouse's participation department, Creative Youth, offers young Londoners a safe space to be creative, develop, experiment and explore who they are and who they want to be.
We specialise in working with some of the most isolated and marginalised young people in south London – those who are unlikely to access the arts independently.
Our range of activities include a thriving extra-curricular youth arts programme, projects specifically developed for young refugees and asylum seekers, programmes dealing with the complex issues of education and exclusion, Arts Award accreditation, training for teachers and arts professionals and an annual festival 33% London.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
More info on this Future Brixton webpage

Future Brixton - Somerleyton Road

Two Lambeth organisations are working with the council on an exciting project that could see a theatre at the heart of a development in Brixton town centre.
The site is largely, but not wholly, council owned and was identified in the Brixton Masterplan (2009) as a key regeneration opportunity.

Brixton Green is a registered mutual organisation set up four years ago to make it possible for all sections of the community to come together and make a positive and informed contribution to the redevelopment of Somerleyton Road. There are now over 1,000 people who live or work in Brixton who are shareholders and supportive of the vision.

Ovalhouse has thrived as a radical theatre and pioneering youth arts organisation for 50 years. Based in Oval, it has been looking for a suitable site in Brixton for more than eight years and sees Somerleyton Road as an ideal site for its lively programme of activities for all ages.

This partnership shares a vision for a truly mixed development to support and respond to community life along Somerleyton Road. Adding to Brixton’s attractions, it could include more homes, work spaces, and possibly health and education facilities.
It could also include a new cultural facility on the corner of Coldharbour Lane that would bring theatre performances and activities for all ages, along with training and community spaces.
What's happening now?

There will be lots happening over the next few weeks:
  • a core group of local people will be meeting with architects to help design a proposal.
  • Brixton Green will be hosting a number of events to ensure the whole community has the opportunity to feed into and agree the vision. The first of these is due to take place shortly and full details will be publicised soon.
  • Ovalhouse will be consulting with visitors, members, tenants and local residents on a potential move to Somerleyton Road.
Next steps

Spring 2013 everyone will have the opportunity to review the shared vision and development ideas. Once we have agreed on a scheme we will start looking for a developer partner. Work could start on site in 2014.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
reminder - this Saturday - its run by Social Life.


Somerleyton Road - Theatre could open in Brixton
An exciting new redevelopment project for Somerleyton Road in Brixton could feature a new theatre at its heart. Two local organisations - Brixton Green and Ovalhouse - are working with the council on the project, which could see new homes, workspaces and possibly health and education facilities built on the site that is largely council owned.

Lots will be happening in the next few weeks and Brixton Green will be holding a series of community events so that everyone has the opportunity to shape the vision. The first event will take place at Dexter’s / Lysada Adventure Playground, 2-30 Railton Road, Brixton SE24 OLN on:
oSaturday 2 February(drop-in any time between 11am to 5pm).
 

quimcunx

protestant traybake
I'm sure you'll already be mentioning this, Gramsci, but if anyone else is thinking about popping down it would be great if you could express your support for preserving the nuclear dawn mural (and pref the building it's on) which could be at risk from this development.
 

leanderman

Street Party: July 2
The first event will take place at Dexter’s / Lysada Adventure Playground, 2-30 Railton Road, Brixton SE24 OLN on:
o Saturday 2 February (drop-in any time between 11am to 5pm).

This event will be run by Social Life

Who say they are
Let's hope Toby Young has nothing to do with this Young Foundation, which is named after his father.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
So why have I heard nothing about this except via you? I live on Moorlands.
I know. There has been some publicity through Future Brixton email. But the Council have not really publicised this enough.

That is why I have put it up here.

This is going to be high profile development with Ovalhouse moving to the site.

Ovalhouse are keen to develop links with local community.

The Council say they want to this to be development that is planned and developed in conjunction with the local community. Which I have told them could be risky. Its a Council led development.

So the more people who say express there views the better. Such as Quimcunx suggestions re the Mural. I know the Mural Preservation Society are urging there members to go and comment on Saturday.

Apart from design of site there is also issue of how much affordable housing people want on the site for example. Also what kind of affordable?

Do people want affordable work/ studio space on the site? What with the artists being kicked out of the Brixton Village there is lack of affordable space.

There is also possible idea of community space further up the road. What do want people want from it?

What do people want from Ovalhouse? They are consulting local resident groups at moment. Also told them Ive started this thread.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
FYI here are relevant sections from the Brixton Masterplan pages 134 - 147 on the Somerlyton road site. The Masterplan does not have planning weight but was agreed by Council as what they would like to see happen.
Not sure how much will of original Masterplan will be used in developing plans for site now.

5.4.1 Key issues
• The Somerleyton area is a comparatively isolated area of Brixton,
and lacks connectivity.

• The lack of active frontage along Somerleyton Road itself creates
problems with crime.

• Along Coldharbour Lane, public gardens are under-used and
often inhabited by drug users, while a large vacant site opposite
Granville Arcade also impacts negatively on the perception of
safety.

5.4.2 Key constraints

• The site is bounded to the west by a railway embankment which
currently impacts negatively on the site, forming a noisy and
disruptive barrier. Development is constrained by proximity to an
active railway line.

• The bold and imposing form of Southwyck House dominates the
landscape.

5.4.3 Key opportunities

• There is opportunity to increase movement and connectivity
through the Somerleyton area, connecting with surrounding
neighbourhoods through the creation and reinforcement of new
and existing routes.

• Connections across the railway line can be improved and the
area’s potential as an ecological corridor can be protected and
developed.

• Issues of crime can be tackled through the redevelopment of the
site to provide active frontage and additional passive surveillance.
• Southwyck House Gardens also have the potential for
regeneration to provide a better amenity space with improved
youth and play facilities.

• A number of developments are currently proposed or underway
in the area, including the Evelyn Grace Academy.
5.4.4 area Framework

economic: The proposed plan brings new affordable workspace to
the area, embedded within innovative live/work typologies, with more
accessible units than currently exist on the site. The area’s location,
as the eastern gateway to the town centre, in close proximity to
Loughborough Junction, brings opportunity for the wider economic
reach of the town centre, enabling the concepts of the masterplan
to filter into the wider context, prompting associated economic
and social initiatives to be spawned. This is supported by the Major
Development Opportunity (MDO) designation of part of Loughborough
Junction.

social/cultural: The area is to be developed as an exemplar
sustainable community, providing essential energy, waste, water and
ecological infrastructure to support this and adjacent regeneration
areas and communities. This residential area will form a benchmark
‘green’ community for the town centre.

The emergence of a new educational academy to the south of
the study area will bring new activity and interest to this part of
the town centre, and act as a catalyst for further development to
come forward, creating a network of social infrastructure for the
surrounding residential areas. The area will also provide significant
volumes of affordable housing with high quality connections and
amenity space.

spatial: Somerleyton Road offers a major opportunity for the
masterplan due to the extent of potential developable land within this
regeneration area. The Somerleyton is currently considered to be
peripheral In order to fully utilise this resource the masterplan must
re-integrate the Somerleyton area into the town centre.
infrastructure: New buildings and service infrastructure will
support the delivery of a sustainable town centre as laid out in
the masterplan. In particular new domestic properties within the
Somerleyton area will be built to a minimum of Code for Sustainable
Homes (CSH) Level 4 and non-domestic to BREEAM Excellent and
incorporate waste, water, energy and biodiversity measures to meet
masterplan strategy targets. The Somerleyton area will also house
an energy hub with CHP generation designed to allow adjacent
residential areas to connect to the system (pending further viability
studies). Finally the area will explore opportunities for recycling
through composting schemes within allotments and community
gardens, creative recycling collections schemes encouraging waste
reduction and water recycling for use in toilets or irrigation of urban
green spaces.


 

Mrs Magpie

On a bit of break...
a lot of that seems cobbled together from an earlier Brixton Green publication that really pissed locals off.
 

Mrs Magpie

On a bit of break...
I think the Council have contacted the residents association.
Well, we don't really have one as everyone boycotted it because of the chair who has her own deeply weird agenda (we had to sit through a reading of a really bad vanity published novel once). You may have come across her....bit of a local leg-end. Unfortunately all attempts for a secret ballot have been thwarted, even though all it takes is a cardboard box. A lot of tenants are very intimidated by the show of hands thing.....
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
a lot of that seems cobbled together from an earlier Brixton Green publication that really pissed locals off.
Its the other way around. BG got it from the Masterplan. But did not acknowledge that they did.

I was quoting from the original Brixton Masterplan. Some of the "green" ideas are interesting. But not sure if they will be lost unless people say something.

In the original Masterplan the Nuclear Dawn mural is kept. The Council still want to keep it at the moment.

From what I see happening the Council are looking at original masterplan and starting from the basics. ie how to fit Ovalhouse into that corner of the site.
 

Mrs Magpie

On a bit of break...
Its the other way around. BG got it from the Masterplan. But did not acknowledge that they did.
Ah, that explains why Brad was all at sea when questioned about it...rule of thumb is not to cut and paste without knowing what it means :D
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Well, we don't really have one as everyone boycotted it because of the chair who has her own deeply weird agenda (we had to sit through a reading of a really bad vanity published novel once). You may have come across her....bit of a local leg-end. Unfortunately all attempts for a secret ballot have been thwarted, even though all it takes is a cardboard box. A lot of tenants are very intimidated by the show of hands thing.....
The Council, unfortunately, have to contact the residents association as they are the official body that supposedly represents tenants.

In theory the Residents Association should inform residents of what is happening.

Does not help that , imo, this is all being rushed.
 

boohoo

No.
As Quimmy mentioned, if you like Nuclear Dawn mural, please let the people at the consultation know.If no locals turn up to say how much they care for the mural, then it's likely it'll be built against. Another area up for the development is the train station, home to another two murals (more cheerful than nuclear dawn!). If you like them please mention this (along with the statues on the platforms)

Lack of comment on these things could mean that they are removed
 

shygirl

Well-Known Member
Well, we don't really have one as everyone boycotted it because of the chair who has her own deeply weird agenda (we had to sit through a reading of a really bad vanity published novel once). You may have come across her....bit of a local leg-end. Unfortunately all attempts for a secret ballot have been thwarted, even though all it takes is a cardboard box. A lot of tenants are very intimidated by the show of hands thing.....
Is that the woman who claims to be many things (professionally) and is really fucking dodgy? Causes trouble wherever she goes...
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Also it says Saturday the 9th Feb on the Brixton Green website.

Just checked my Future Brixton email and it said the 2nd this weekend.

FFS

I assume its on the 9th Feb.

From FB website:

    • on Saturday 9 February (drop-in any time between 11am to 5pm)
    • at Dexter’s/Lysada Adventure Playground, 2-30 Railton Road, Brixton SE24 OLN

Thanks for seeing this Boohoo

The drop in will be run by Social Life.

All info gained from the consultations will go to the Council.

This is a Council led project.
 

boohoo

No.
The date change doesn't suggest a great deal of preparation. People will turn up and find nothing on and won't bother to come back the following week.

I
 

Brixton Hatter

Home is south London mate
I was just about to pop down to the Dexter to go to this - is it definitely on the 9th now?

E2A: looks like it is the 9th... Might pop down there anyway to check they're not pulling a fast one.

Lots of stuff coming up on the SPD etc:

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 4 February 2013 – 16 March 2013SPD Consultation
  • International House5 February 2013 at 5:30 pm – 6:15 pmAttending Young People's Working Group
  • Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall6 February 2013 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmAttending Brixton Area Housing Forum
  • Morley's department store8 February 2013 at 3:00 pm – 6:00 pmBrixton SPD roadshow
  • Dexters, Railton Road9 February 2013 at 11:00 am – 5:00 pmSomerleyton Road community workshop
  • Tesco, Acre Lane11 February 2013 at 11:00 am – 2:00 pmBrixton SPD roadshow
  • Lambeth Town Hall, foyer area12 February 2013 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmBrixton SPD staffed exhibition session
  • Ritzy cinema (time tbc)14 February 2013 at 2:00 pm – 2:00 pmBrixton SPD roadshow
  • Lambeth Town Hall, foyer area14 February 2013 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmBrixton SPD staffed exhibition session
  • Lambeth Town Hall, foyer area27 February 2013 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmBrixton SPD staffed exhibition session
  • Lambeth Town Hall, foyer area28 February 2013 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pmBrixton SPD staffed exhibition session
 
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