Category Archives: Resource centre

Meeting with Farrans

Yesterday evening, the contractor for the new building on Coburg Crescent – Farrans – presented their plans for the construction project. We heard about plans for parking, the temporary shop, community engagement and health and safety.

Jerome Curran, Contracts Manager at Farrans, introducing us to the company

The construction project is due to run from March 2020 until March 2021. Farrans should be on site very soon, to improve the appearance of the hoarding. The hoarding will later be rebuilt to match the boundary of the construction site before construction begins.

During construction, a temporary shop will be opened between Ducavel House and Palace Road. This will open around the end of March and it is hoped that there will be continuity of service during the move.

Farrans made it clear that yesterday’s meeting was just the start of their engagement with the local community. They will be working with PRERA and local schools during the works. There will also be many ways for individuals to get in touch with Farrans. These contact details will be posted on the site noticeboard. There will also be bimonthly newsletters delivered to the neighbourhood, including the whole of Palace Road Estate.

Meet the contractors for the new building

Farrans, the construction contractor for the new building on Coburg Crescent, will be presenting their proposed schedule of works this Thursday evening at Laburnum Hall. The schedule of works describes how and when the building work will be carried out, so it is an important document. Come along and find out more!

The meeting is at 7pm on Thursday 23 January 2020. Laburnum Hall is on Cheshire Estate, next to the Palace Road Nature Garden. It is the hall where PRERA holds its annual general meetings.

Resource centre Q&A session

Lambeth Council and the construction contractor held an question and answer session on the estate yesterday, so residents could pop along, view the building plans and ask any questions they had.

Inspecting the plans

The event was attended by residents and members of the Palace Road Estate Residents’ Association. Lots of useful information was talked through, questions answered and there were also discussions about the location of the temporary shop. The current shop will close as it will become part of the site boundary during construction works, however a temporary shop will be installed beside the site on Palace Road. 

The proposed location for the temporary shop

Concerns about construction noise, contractor parking and the duration of the project were answered by staff representing the contractor and Lambeth Council.  The contractor will have an open door policy during the construction works as well as issuing regular newsletters to keep residents updated on the works.

It is anticipated that the construction works will start in late Autumn and take approximately one year to complete. The finished building will bring a new energy to that end of the estate after years of being an empty space, as it will contain a shop and cafe for residents to use. 

Resource centre planning application variation – new deadline

Recently, we wrote about an application for a variation to the planning permission for the new resource centre on Coburg Crescent, giving 26 July 2019 as a deadline for comments. However, no planning notices had been posted about the variation. As with the original application, the planning department appeared to have forgotten their obligation to post such notices. After being reminded, notices appeared on 20 August (see photo) with a revised deadline for comments of 10 September 2019. Comments can be made on the planning website, here.

Resource centre planning application variation – first floor

This post follows on from an earlier post about the proposed changes to the Coburg Crescent resouce centre. The changes proposed for the first floor are shown in the plans below:

Accepted first floor plan – click to enlarge
Proposed first floor plan – click to enlarge

The main change, in respect of community provision is a reduction in the size of the shop floor from 82 to 54.7 square meters. This is mainly due the stock room being moved from the ground floor to the first floor. The stock room has also shrunk – from 53 to 34.3 square meters.



Resource centre planning application variation – ground floor

This post follows on from an earlier post about the proposed changes to the Coburg Crescent resouce centre. The changes proposed for the ground floor are shown in the plans below:

Accepted ground floor plan – click to enlarge
Proposed ground floor plan – click to enlarge

Notable changes:

  • Removal of 53 square meter shop storage area.
  • Reduction in size of several rooms, including the day room, gym and kitchen.
  • Larger courtyard area.

Resource centre planning application variation

Planning permission for the new resource centre on Coburg Crescent was granted in August 2018. Since then, very little has happened on the ground, apart from some tests of the soil on the building site. Now, a variation of the planning permission is being sought.

These changes were presented to the planning case officer on 12 July 2018, but PRERA only heard of these changes in July 2019, when letters were sent to some residents. The deadline for us to comment is 26 July 2019.

There are many documents related to this variation available at the council’s planning website. The covering letter gives the rationale for the changes:

In parallel with the process of determination for the planning application, the project was being priced by the appointed Contractor. Unfortunately, the estimated cost was significantly over budget and as a result it was necessary to undergo a period of value engineering.

Details of the variation are summarised by the council as:

Condition 2: The proposal seeks the following revisions to the approved drawings:
– reduction the massing of the building:
– removal of shop storage and plant room from ground floor level and re-provision of storage room at first floor level;
– revised the internal layout and external design;
– additional stair core in the building,
– enlarged outdoor courtyard space; and
– changes to the external cladding material from clay tiles to a metal shingle cladding in a similar colour.

Conditions 17 and 18:
Revised wording to allow additional time for BREEAM certificates.

Condition 5, 8 , 9 and 15:
Details have been provided to satisfy the requirements of these conditions.

The following images illustrate the changes to the external appearance of the building:

Artist's impression of the new resource centre
Artist’s impression of the new resource centre – viewed from Palace Road, towards the shop
Revised artist's impression of the new resource centre
Revised artist’s impression of the new resource centre – viewed from Palace Road, towards the shop
Artist’s impression of the new resource centre – viewed from Coburg Crescent, towards the main entrance
Revised artist’s impression of the new resource centre – viewed from Coburg Crescent, towards the main entrance

The most significant change, as far as the appearance of the building goes, may be the change in cladding material from clay tiles to metal shingles, hung at a 45 degree angle. The pictures also illustrate something of the reduction in size of the building, as now proposed.

The changes to the internal layout of the building are explored in separate posts detailing the changes to the ground, first and second floors.