The regeneration of Brixton’s famous Windrush Square and Tate Gardens will be marked with a spectacular celebration on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February from 1 to 5pm, with music, a lantern lit parade and much more.
Work on the iconic square has seen a completely new public space created in the heart of Brixton, providing a new focal point for the town centre and a much-needed venue for community events.
This Saturday afternoon a lantern-lit procession led by local children will parade through Brixton and in the evening spectators will be wowed by a fantastic display including a magnificent Phoenix and a human Catherine Wheel.
There will also be live music performances from The Illersapiens, Southside Harmonics, Centro Desportivo Cultural Portugues and FLOetic Lara, as well as dance from Larkhall Street Dance Academy.
On Sunday there will be family activities and art workshops on Windrush Square throughout the afternoon. All are welcome to come and enjoy the events and see the new completed square being used for the first time.
The scheme has linked Tate Gardens and Windrush Square as a pedestrianised open space which has been designed with safety in mind and includes improved lighting, better sightlines and CCTV coverage. World class design that includes a new water feature, 21 new trees, new lighting and a sculptural granite seat have contributed to creating a brand new civic space.
The project has been led by Transport for London in partnership with Lambeth Council. It forms part of the Mayor of London’s Great Outdoors Programme.
Councillor Steve Reed, leader of Lambeth Council, said: “We are proud of Brixton, and the new Windrush Square is the kind of high quality public space that the town and its people deserve. The public celebrations on the square on the 27 and 28 will be a fitting way to celebrate the new Windrush Square and I hope as many people as possible from the local community come and enjoy the activities.”
Work to the square is part of a wider programme that has seen the gyratory system around St Matthews Church removed and Brixton Hill widened to accommodate more two-way traffic. The project has also involved environmental improvements to Brixton Town Centre that has seen upgrades to facilities for pedestrians, bus users, drivers and cyclists, improving road safety and access to the town centre. On the A23 Brixton Road between Stockwell Road and Coldharbour Lane, footways have been widened, additional sections of bus lanes introduced and general street clutter removed.
‘London’s Great Outdoors – A Manifesto for Public Space’ is supported by two practical guides, ‘Better Streets’ and ‘Better Green and Water Spaces’. Together they set out the Mayor of London’s vision for improving public spaces in London. This will ensure that our streets, squares, parks and green and water spaces are fit for a great world city, are enjoyed by everyone who visits them and most importantly, help improve the quality of life in the capital.
They are accompanied by an implementation plan that will see £220 million invested in over 50 public realm improvement projects over the next three years, funding for which comes from Transport for London, The London Development Agency and London’s boroughs as well as other sources. The measures include redesigned streets, which can be shared by both the pedestrians and vehicles and reclaimed derelict green spaces and underused waterways.
The manifesto and guides have been written and produced by the Greater London Authority, London Development Agency, Design for London and Transport for London. For further information please go to www.london.gov.uk/greatoutdoors