A special walking tour of Brixton, led by our professional Blue Badge Guides, exploring this unique outer London town centre, as part of NLA’s London’s Towns programme.
Linked to each other and central London by the 1972 Victoria Line, Brixton and Walthamstow represent two very different case studies of how London’s towns are developing and regenerating, providing thousands of new homes and jobs for London, improved transport infrastructure and cultural offerings, while maintaining their distinctive identities and acting as focal points for local communities.
Explore Zone 2 Brixton as it undergoes major regeneration including public realm upgrades, housing and workspace developments, and continued cultural improvements.
Renowned for its cultural diversity and heritage, in recent years, Brixton has been experiencing a process of urban renewal in which these two elements are key. The first major change was the creation of Windrush Square, opened in 2010, providing the central nucleus of a large public and events space, accompanied by improved road layout and pedestrian accessibility.
On an adjacent site the ‘Your New Town Hall’ project, set for completion in 2019, will provide new cost-effective council office space and homes. But change is not all about major new build, and includes subtle up-grading and restoration, as in Electric Avenue, part of Brixton’s famous street market. The covered markets have also received similar attention and been rebranded ‘Brixton Village’. This walking tour will also include the Black Cultural Archives by Pringle Richards Sharratt; Squire & Partners’ retrofit of a formerly dilapidated Edwardian department store as their own practice offices; and the temporary Pop Brixton constructed from shipping containers to provide affordable workspaces and food outlets.
Meet outside The Ritzy cinema, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG