Following recent flood damage and concerns about the safety of the building, Lambeth Council and Brixton Green have reluctantly decided to close Number 6 Somerleyton Rd.
The extent of the rainwater damage means it is not cost effective to carry out repairs for the few weeks that the building remains operational.
By mutual consent, Brixton Green and the council have agreed a termination of the licence with effect from Friday 11th September 2015. Options for Block Workout to continue to use the outside space or move elsewhere are being explored.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet member for Growth and Jobs said: “The building has been an important part of the Somerleyton Rd project and it’s a shame that floods and damage have meant early closure. With the forthcoming consideration of the planning application, an exciting new chapter for Somerleyton Road can begin but I would like to thank everyone who’s worked so hard to make Number 6 a focal point for the local community and a home to an extraordinary range of people and events.”
Brad Carroll of Brixton Green said: “Together we created a great space. Some nights there would be Blockworkout’s packed boot camp class outside, Brixton Yoga’s classes, the London Samba School rehearsing in the main room, Aculco running their radio show, a debate on future of housing in the back room and the dominoes club at the front. The building was truly buzzing!
We want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. The Chelsea Flower Show gave us plants, the Royal Academy gave us mirrors, pupils from Hill Mead school have had music and gardening lessons, we’ve hosted opera, dance and debates, involving thousands of people. It wasn’t always easy but we made a dilapidated old building into a great community space and a lot of good things have happened there.”
Notes to Editors:
The former meals on wheels building was leased by Lambeth council to the community for temporary use but will be demolished when construction starts on the wider Somerleyton Rd scheme.
Events and milestones at Number 6 include:
English National Opera’s community choir
Ten local people being trained and qualifying with Groundworks
Block Workout’s first street gym
Somerleyton Road’s first ever street party (linked with Hill Mead’s summer fair), the
Outdoor World Cup nights
Performances from Omar, Dennis Bovell and King Tubby
Makerhood’s Design Week event
Intel’s Future Cities event
National Community Land Trust