Hondo have submitted plans to redevelop the Sports Direct and Flannels site between the tracks on Pope’s Road in Brixton into a 20 storey office tower with market space on the lower floors.
The plans have been drawn up by Adjaye Associates, the architecture practice of David Adjaye who created a video for the BBC where he admires local tower block Pinter House.
The building is split into two sections, the tallest being 20 storeys and another tower of nine storeys. The market element will span the basement, ground and first floors, while the tower will also contain a restaurant on the eighth floor.
The developer of the scheme also owns Market Row and Brixton Village markets, and seek to use the scheme to increase the unique character of Brixton as the South London hub of markets.
The use of upper floors as office rather than residential may be of some surprise given Brixton has not traditionally been seen as a major office location and due to uncertainty of future office demand given the current pandemic and potential fallout from Brexit. However the area has become a popular location for creative firms.
The facade is made up of a grid layout of red brick with gold framed windows, mostly in arch form, paying homage to Victorian factory designs.