Category Archives: Resource centre

Increase in working hours at the Coburg Crescent building site

From today, 20th October, the council has given contractors working on the Coburg Crescent building site permission to extend their working hours to 08:00 to 21:00 on weekdays and 08:00 Hours to 18:00 on Saturdays. This will be for a period of eight weeks, after which the allowed working hours will revert to 08:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and 08:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays.

Farrans requested extended working hours to allow staggered starting and ending times for workers, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Farrans actually requested to be allowed to work much longer hours than those agreed by the council: from 06:00 to 21:00 on weekdays, 08:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays and 08:00 to 15:00 on Sundays. See here for further details.

Updated: Resource centre – Site activity

UPDATE: Following its successful delivery on 24th July, Farrans have been able to complete a substantial amount of the work that required the use of the Piling Rig. However, due to the discovery of unexpected electrical cabling there is a small amount of remaining work to do using this equipment.

The piling rig left site on Monday 3rd August and will return once the cabling is safely removed. Farrans will keep residents updated on when this will be.

In Farrans’ recent newsletter updating residents on the progress of the Coburg Crescent Learning Disability Resource Centre it was mentioned that a piling rig would be delivered during the week commencing 20th July. 

The cleared construction site, ready for piling work to start

Following the newsletter distribution, the Project Manager from Farrans, Gerard McNamee, has been in touch with PRERA to let us know that this equipment has to be delivered with a police escort, due to its size, and that this is only possible before 7am

The agreement with contractors is that work should not start before 8am and so Farrans is planning the following to minimise disruption:

  • The lorry delivering the piling rig will arrive on Friday 24th July at 6:45am, with police escort as required.
  • It will reverse from the junction at Hillside Road to the construction site and then turn off all engines to minimise noise outside of working hours.
  • The equipment will be unloaded between 7:45am and 8:00am, with Farrans being careful to keep disruption to a minimum.

Farrans has stressed it appreciates that this is outside of usual working hours and will aim to ensure residents are not impacted by this. 

Should any residents need any further information on this, please contact Farrans directly: Gerard McNamee, Project Manager, 07885268525,

Planning update: resource centre

Permission was granted yesterday for the modified resource centre plans. Various documents relating to the application can be found here. The Construction and Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) is of particular interest. It contains lots of useful information about how the construction should proceed and has been revised following feedback from PRERA.

A drawing from the CEMP document showing the first stage of construction – excavation works.

Work should commence soon. Working hours will be weekdays from 08:00 to 18:00 and Saturdays from 08:00 to 13:00. Work can be carried out on Sundays or bank holidays if agreed with the council.

Resource Centre update

A resident of the estate (Cath) has been in regular contact with the Project Manager at Lambeth Council. She has been continuing to emphasise the need for clear and timely communication with local residents. She has requested that before any work starts on the construction site, local residents are given information about the measures that are in place to ensure the safety of workers and residents. The contractors (Farrans) are currently preparing a newsletter.

It sounds as though construction work is planned to start next month. Before the main work starts, there will be some activities to get the site ready, such as putting up a new hoarding (barrier) around the site. The newsletter will hopefully contain further details on timings and activities.

Cath has also asked for the following information to be provided to local residents: an explanation of why work is going to start soon, during the continuing pandemic, when the site has been abandoned for 4 years; what will be done to minimise the impact of the construction work on local residents and the local neighbourhood (for example, the measures to minimise noise and dust and the impact of site traffic).

The best-one shop is now on Palace Road, opposite the Nature Garden.
This unit is a temporary one as the Resource Centre will contain a shop.

Cath has been continuing to pursue various other matters on behalf of local residents. These include:

  • Asking for up to date signs to be put up around the Resource Centre site. The current ones indicate that the building should have been completed by now!
  • Arranging for paving bricks which will be removed during construction to be saved for repairs elsewhere on the estate.
  • Arranging for the PRERA noticeboard, which would end up within the construction site, to be moved further down Palace Road.
  • Arranging for an urgent repair to fill a hole in the pavement beside the construction site. This was completed yesterday.

If you have any questions or concerns that you would like raised with the Project Manager, do get in touch at

Resource Centre Update

In February, a newsletter from the contractor Farrans indicated that construction of the Resource Centre would start this April. However, given the coronavirus situation, there is to be a further delay to the start of these works. The Project Manager from Lambeth Council confirmed earlier this month that construction is “on pause”.

It’s a shame that the badly damaged hoarding wasn’t repaired or replaced before “lockdown”. Residents had been given the impression at the meeting with Farrans in January, and through their February newsletter, that this would happen in February or March. Unfortunately, this eyesore will be with us for a while longer.

The dilapidated hoarding at the entrance to our estate

A resident of Coburg Crescent (Cath) is regularly liaising with the council’s Project Manager on behalf of residents. She has recently been pursuing the following matters:

  • Asking for new signs to be put up on the hoarding to reflect the current status of the project. Asking for the misleading out-of-date signs (which indicate that the building should have been completed by now) to be removed.
  • Asking for newsletters to residents to be clear and in plain English.
  • Asking for paving bricks which will be removed during construction to be kept for future repairs on the estate.
  • Asking for the PRERA noticeboard, which will be within the new hoarding, to be moved to a new location outside the construction site.
  • Asking if PRERA can have input to Farrans’ “Community Benefit Plan”.
  • Asking for updates about the shop / temporary shop. The Project Manager explained this week that once the temporary shop has been connected to an electrical supply, it will be ready to occupy (subject to lease negotiations).
Revised artist's impression of the new resource centre
An artist’s impression of the new Resource Centre

If there is anything that you would like Cath to raise with the Project Manager, do let her know via She will keep residents updated via this blog. Cath has found the Project Manager, who is new to Lambeth Council, to be receptive and supportive. He is pursuing the above matters and also arranged for the two apple trees which were in the way of the construction site to be moved last month.

Coburg Crescent’s characteristic paving bricks

Our new temporary shop has arrived

Our temporary replacement shop was installed earlier this week. It is located on Palace Road, next to Ducavel House, and it will be available during the building of the new resource centre.

The new temporary shop.
The store room being craned into position next to the shop.

But what about the shrubs and fruit trees that were in this location before? Don’t worry – the shrubs have been found a new home at the back of the nature garden and Farrans have moved the two apple trees further along Palace Road.

Our shrubs in their new home.
One of the relocated apple trees.

Tree felling

Yesterday, newsletters were delivered to residents by Farrans, the contractor leading the building of the new resource centre on Coburg Crescent. These newsletters introduced Farrans and warned residents that some trees next to the current hoarding would be felled to make way for the building work. That same day those trees were felled.

Before: The west end of the estate in 2015
After: The same view today

The trees that were felled were a mixture of ash, lime and Norway maple. They were assessed during a tree survey in 2017 and most were considered to be of ‘moderate quality’.

The tree survey also highlighted that there is potential for damage to other trees in the area, in particular to the Norway maple that lies close to the bin store. This has roots that extend into the building site. The Tree Protection Plan requires that fencing is erected to protect this tree before any other work commences. The tree survey also recommends that the grass verge to the north-west of the site is protected with fencing.

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.