New home for Black Cultural Archives - Raleigh Hall

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Nickster, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. Nickster

    Nickster hippocratic oath

    Does anyone have news about latest developments on Raleigh Hall (i heard it was becoming an Afro-Caribbean Arts/Culture Centre?)
  2. brix

    brix spinster of this parish

    Is that the building next to the library? If so, I believe it's going to be the new home of the Black Cultural Archives.

    I'm really interested to see what the building's like inside. Judging from the outside it must have been very grand once. Hopefully they'll restore it sympathetically.
  3. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    They've been talking about this possibility for years. Did spot it mentioned in the national press though the other day, so I guess it might finally be happening. Good news for Raleigh Hall and Windrush Square if it does.
  4. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    The archives have taken on a lease of Raleigh Hall for the new black heritage centre, and I think a lottery bid for the capital works is being worked up now - but that probably means that exhibitions etc won't open to the public until 2009-10?.

    Meanwhile BCA have moved the archives themselves to temporary premises in Othello Close (opposite Kennington tube).

    Press Release - November 2005


    Edited to add: More pictures of the architects' proposals are on their site:

    [LR goes into Prince Charles mode]It's a carbuncle on the face of a well loved friend, IMO. [/Prince Charles mode]
  5. boohoo

    boohoo No.

    It's not a particularly pretty addition. It's not different enough to be interesting and lacks sympathy for it's surroundings.
  6. OpalFruit

    OpalFruit Active Member

    That looks enormous! Where does the extension go? afaik there is no room at the front, is it that patch at the side?
  7. Nickster

    Nickster hippocratic oath

    jeesus! that looks awful!! totally out of character with the local architecture ..I hope the architects somehow see the light, though I expect that they and Lambeth Council will simply carry on in their usual incompetent manner when it comes to consulting with local residents. I don't see where they can get all that space from either - Raleigh workshop (the building next door) is privately-owned commercial premises so they can't use that and the area behind the existing fencing doesn't seem big enough for such a grand scheme.
  8. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    I just looked at the site on Google earth and there is actually quite a bit of space. A the moment there's a verge, then a fence, then some grass then a fence then some more grass. The proposed building is roughly 10m wide and 12m deep (about 32x40 feet) which is not that big. It is a bit tall though. I quite like the covered courtyard idea - If they use the building for events I could imagine it being quite a nice space. I'll reserve my full opinion until I've seen some detailed drawings - the ones on the website aren't much more than sketches.
  9. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    These images probably give a better idea of how the site would be laid out.

    The main problem is that the site the design team have been given to work with was limited by an arbitrary line set down for vehicle access between Rushcroft Road and Saltoun Road in the Central Square plans.

    This is much tighter than the limitations set by the Rush Common Acts, which would actually allow building up to a diagonal line about a third of the way into the former garage space bleakly laid out as Windrush Square - basically following the line of the sheltered housing scheme south of Saltoun Road.

    Personally, I'd like to see a much more ambitious development on the site, integrating the BCA (and/or the archive collections of the Anti-Slavery Society held just up the road) with a new museum and archives for the borough to replace the Minet Archives.
  10. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    This one is baffling.[​IMG]

    Have we been told about a new design for Tate Gardens & Windrush Square?
  11. RushcroftRoader

    RushcroftRoader Well-Known Member

    There was a big article on it in the council freesheet the other day. Looks like its definitely going ahead!
  12. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    Oh. Missed that. I'll see if it's still around or went straight to the recycling with all the the pizza leaflets.
  13. RushcroftRoader

    RushcroftRoader Well-Known Member

    It will make a stark social juxtaposition if you get bus loads of schoolchildren visiting the new culture centre if there are crack dealers loitering outside!
  14. aurora green

    aurora green Tectonic


    on the design front though, I'm extreamly open minded when it come to modern architecture, but going from those computor models, it looks a bit depressing.
    Look forward to seeing more details...

    Also, I wonder how are they going to plant all those trees amoungst the concrete alrady laid in Brixton square. Not that I'd mind them working that out at all...
  15. RushcroftRoader

    RushcroftRoader Well-Known Member

    black cultural heritage centre

    Got a flyer through the postbox from the planning folks asking if I had any objections to the new Black Cultural Heritage Centre building.
    Looks like its moving ahead....
  16. brixtonvilla

    brixtonvilla should be Oslovilla, really

    Haven't they been talking about this for ages? Is it still going in the gallery/building off Windrush Square?
  17. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    Yes, there is finally a planning application for the Raleigh Hall site (1-3 Effra Rd):

    Full planning application - ref 07/05035/FUL

    Listed building application -ref 07/05036/LB
  18. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Sassy McFlashy

    Do you foresee any problems or reasons why people should oppose it?
  19. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    It is worth a close scrutiny of the plans - e.g. the architects have added a "Vertical axis wind turbine incorporating LED screen" to the roof.

    Sounds very David Cameron c. 2005.

    So if you are a neighbour it will both make a heck of a noise when the wind blows intermittently and it will presumably also have some sort of light pollution.
  20. RushcroftRoader

    RushcroftRoader Well-Known Member

    None whatsoever.
    Interested to find out a bit more about this proposed wind turbine. They can be surprisingly noisy little blighters.
  21. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    there's lots of carbon zero building funds available at the moment, so they're on the hit list of capital fundraisers... isn't this coming under a (lottery) Community Buildings bid? and if so, does anyone know who the other partners in the bid are?
  22. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Those vertical axis turbines are quite a bit quieter. And I think there are one or two other sources of noise in the area. A couple of 4-lane A-roads, for a start.
  23. RushcroftRoader

    RushcroftRoader Well-Known Member

    I think the council could generate more power by burning every copy of Lambeth Life!
  24. richtea

    richtea Well-Known Member

  25. Bob

    Bob Rusesabagina for a nobel

  26. Bob

    Bob Rusesabagina for a nobel

    Oh no they're not. I can't quite work out how they're going to fit in the new building fronting onto Windrush Square though...
  27. Rollem

    Rollem two kinds of wonderful

    New home for Black Cultural Archives

    The derelict Raleigh Hall in Brixton, London, will be restored with £4million from HLF to house permanently the Black Cultural Archives’ (BCA) collection of historical material on black Britain and the African diaspora.

    In addition to HLF’s support, the London Borough of Lambeth² has committed to a financial package of £600,000 until 2011, as well as gifting a 99-year lease for the currently derelict Grade II listed Raleigh Hall
    clicky clicky

    great news, but lol at 'Brixton’s cultural quarter ' :D
  28. tarannau

    tarannau Mongolian eyed

    Well, what's keeping them? The old Black Cultural Archives building on Coldharbour Lane became a fish wholesaler and then a giant fried chicken emporium within a few weeks of vacancy.

    Raleigh Hall, for all the talk, remains in exactly the same state it has been in for donkey's years. Of course, I'm being more than mildly facetious, but I'll believe it when I see the work finally start.
  29. Rollem

    Rollem two kinds of wonderful

    well, they've only just been awarded the heritage funding, so will take a least a month i reckon before anything gets started....
  30. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    I have merged 3 threads on this topic together.

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