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Black Cultural Archives puts Lambeth on top at development awards

Lambeth Council has scooped a raft of awards for development schemes including the Black Cultural Archives, Clapham Old Town, Keybridge House and the National Theatre.

The prestigious New London Architecture awards recognise not only the quality of design but the wider contribution to  London’s built environment and public spaces. Lambeth won the highest number of awards for a single borough in a range of categories.

Black Cultural Archives in Brixton won both the overall prize well as best conservation and retrofit project for the successful transformation of a building that was on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register to a world class cultural centre.

Keybridge House, a 1970s telecoms building which is something of an eyesore in Vauxhall won a commendation for housing in recognition of the imaginative range of dwellings included in the scheme and  how it responds to its context and historic environment.

The recently refurbished National Theatre won two awards – for commissioning excellence and in the Public Building category.

The new catering facility for the National Theatre, The Green Room in Waterloo won the prize for best temporary building and was considered by the judges to respond positively to the distinctive building material qualities of the Southbank.

Pop Brixton, the vibrant new community space on the old Pope’s Road car park received the Mayor’s commendation for the innovative and cooperative approach taken to the ‘meanwhile’ use.  

Clapham Old Town won best public space  –  the latest in a long line of glittering awards for that scheme.

Lambeth also won an award for London Public cycle repair infrastructure for the innovative network of free bicycle pumps and repair stands that the council has installed.

Several other Lambeth schemes also received nominations including Spring Mews in Vauxhall.

Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth council leader, said: “These awards reflect Lambeth Council’s commitment to securing the highest possible design, public space and imaginative use of buildings and land.

“They are a well deserved tribute to the painstaking work of our planning, conservation,public realm and regeneration teams and their relationship with designers, architects, developers and the community. Well done.”

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