Muse Developments, Lambeth Council and Cartwright Pickard

Brixton Centric is a mixed-use development in the centre of Brixton, London, that includes 94 new build apartments and the complete restoration of a historic art-deco building into 26 characterful new homes, a modern and sustainable new civic building for Lambeth Council and sensitive refurbishment of the Grade II Listed Lambeth Town Hall. 

Ivor House, a former co-operative department store used by Lambeth Council as offices for many years, has been sensitively restored and transformed into high-quality one and two-bedroom apartments with ground floor and basement commercial space. The building’s art deco 1930s' heritage features including terrazzo and a mesh lift shaft have been preserved and enhanced.

Somerset Place and Maugham House provide 94 new one, two and three- bedroom homes over 14 storeys of mixed tenure residential accommodation, with additional retail and ancillary spaces located at ground floor level.

There was great sensitivity to the height of new development in such a setting. Through careful urban analysis Muse was able to show that a taller form can become a local marker in the townscape but equally would not dominate the skyline or compete for prominence with the historic towers of Lambeth Town Hall and St Matthew’s Church.

The overall scheme is exemplar in terms of tenure, with the various buildings providing a mix of private sale, shared ownership and private rented properties. This was extremely important in this central Brixton location, in order to provide for the existing diverse local community as well as people looking to move into the area.