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Lambeth’s ‘Your New Town Hall’ project reaches key milestone

The completion of the Your New Town Hall (YNTH) scheme moved a step closer after a milestone in its construction was marked by Lambeth Council and development partner Muse Developments, at a topping-out ceremony held by main contractor Morgan Sindall.

Signatures were added to a key steel panel on the roof of what will be Lambeth Council’s new Civic Centre in Brixton during a topping-out ceremony.

The YNTH scheme is one of the most ambitious and complex construction schemes ever undertaken by Lambeth Council, and has three key aims:

• To bring council staff, who were scattered across 14 buildings around Lambeth, into two council-owned, energy-efficient buildings in central Brixton - saving £4.5 million each year.
• To use much of the freed-up office sites to provide space and finance for over 200 new homes, to help tackle Lambeth’s housing crisis. Of those homes, 47 per cent will be ‘affordable’, with most of these available at council level rent.
• The council will provide space for local business start-ups in the basement of the revitalised Edwardian Town Hall. Refurbished rooms including the historic assembly rooms will be available for public use.

Cllr Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council, said: “I’m delighted that work on the Your New Town Hall project is progressing well and residents can already see the scale of the project taking shape. Today’s ceremony was an important step on the road to completing this project which is on time and on budget.

“It’s exciting because YNTH is a perfect example of how the council can make best financial use of assets when money is tight. We will save £4.5 million a year with better use of office space, free up land for new affordable - and I mean genuinely affordable - housing and create a building that has a host of community uses.”

Michael Auger, regional director at Muse, said: “It’s been great to join our partners on site to celebrate this important milestone in such a crucial development for the council and the wider Lambeth borough. This project shows what an effective partnership approach can achieve – helping to improve efficiency for the local authority, creating a fantastic new facility for the local community and building hundreds of new homes, including a large proportion of affordable.”

Richard Dobson, Morgan Sindall area director for London, said: “We’re delighted to have reached this key point on this landmark development which will provide the people of Lambeth with a fantastic new, sustainable, user-friendly facility. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our expert project partners – including sister company Muse, and our specialist team as we enter the final phase of development.”

The borough’s new, energy-efficient civic building, with customer centre and council offices, is making good progress and is set to open early next year. The Grade II listed Town Hall is being restored to its original glory and will be open by Christmas.