Today I got a sneak preview of the Brixton Town Hall renovations, with some wonderful Councillors and an ex Mayor.
The new bridge spans creates a walkway from the old main entrance to the new reception area opening out to a new courtyard. The area was an unusable light well before.
First floor lobby
Heritage colours have been used to create a bright fresh look – with striking blue stained glass window.
Everything has been cleaned – making an old building seem modern, even in the more traditional areas.
At the centre of the building is a new atrium – created using an air-inflated roof, much lighter than glass.
A new reception area (where a committee room used to be) – creates a modern and corporate new entrance from the courtyard.
Old glazed bricks have been clean, with gaps repaired with new white bricks painted to blend in with the original walls.
A new community room available at reduced rates provides a modern and clean meeting space on the ground floor.
The new basement is modern, clean and minimalist with industrial and exposed air conditioning and electrics.
Looking from the atrium to the reception and out to the courtyard. Wood slat panelled walls, here dark, but bleached in the basement, fold in on themselves to seal off the building in the event of a fire.
The basement will be a community space, rooms off the corridors are all set for the furniture to go in. Attention has been paid to signage and lighting throughout the building.
Main meeting room
The main meeting room in the basement, adorned with a crest from the old juvenile court, is twice the size of the board table shown – with visitor seating to view the proceedings.