Growing Brixton’s Rec Quarter – 49 Brixton Station Road and 6 Canterbury Crescent

Project status: In development Neighbourhood: Brixton

Building new homes and affordable workspace to support the social and economic needs of the local community.

49 Brixton Station Road and 6 Canterbury Crescent are two council-owned sites in the heart of Brixton which for the last few years have been supporting a range of meanwhile uses as we develop plans for their long term future. Now, we are preparing to start a procurement process to select a delivery partner that will work with us and the local community to come up with detailed plans for the sites.

What's happening on the sites at the moment?

International House provides affordable workspace and just around the corner, Pop Brixton, provides a range of food and drink, retail and workspace units. Facilities supporting the street markets are also located on the sites. All uses currently on site will continue as proposals and are developed and informed by the local community from the start of the procurement process to the operation.

Aerial view of Brixton town centre with the site highlighted in red

The two sites from the air highlighted in red.

Developing long-term plans

Previous community consultation on the sites highlighted the need for new affordable homes, local jobs and new and affordable workspace in the area, and continued community engagement.

Now, the council is in the process of finding a delivery partner who will work with us and the local community to develop the two sites for the long term. It is expected that around 240 homes could be delivered across the sites, meaning around 120 new affordable homes could be built, including around 80 council rent homes prioritised for residents and those on the council’s housing waiting list. The development will also include a new commercial and affordable workspace, providing a new permanent home for Brixton businesses and supporting the creation of hundreds of jobs.

As we look ahead to the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, this project will form an important part of the long term inclusive recovery of the area, addressing the housing crisis and the need for more workspace that can provide local jobs in Brixton.

Following Cabinet approval on 8 February 2021, the council launched the procurement in March this year with a view to having a partner in place by March 2022. Soon after the partner will start working with the council and the local community to develop its initial proposals. Local people will have the chance to influence the proposals throughout the process. 

Read about all the current projects in development or delivery in Brixton:

Brixton programme page

Our objectives for the project

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Around 240 new homes

Including 50% affordable with 70%/30% split council rent/intermediate

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Community engagement and co-design

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Prioritising equalities, diversity and inclusion

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A permanent home For Brixton’s businesses

Including an affordable workspace hub

A market stall

Street market facilities

Provision of storage space, car park and waste compound

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London Living Wage Jobs Guarantee 

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Safer and healthier streets

Improvements to Pope’s Road and Brixton St Road

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Good quality jobs and apprenticeships for local people 

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Sustainable net-zero development

Project timeline

Activity ​

Timing ​

Cabinet decision – Procurement launch ​

8 Feb 2021​

Procurement launch​

March 2021​

Meet the bidder/community events ​

October 2021​

Final bids

November 2021​

Cabinet decision - Preferred partner​

March 2022​

Design & planning

May 2022 onwards​

Estimated planning submission​


Estimated start of construction​

Early 2024​

For more information or to find out how you can be involved please contact the project officers: 

Alessia Montero -

Nyemu Holness -

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