Frequently Asked Questions

We appreciate that you may have a number of questions about the wider Your New Town Hall project, as well as more site-specific queries connected to the current demolition works on the Olive Morris House site (and Covid-19). We have therefore sought to address both of these within this FAQ page.

Olive Morris House works

With demolition works now underway, we know that local residents have a great number of questions relating specifically to Olive Morris House works but also about the impact of Covid-19 on working practices. We have sought to answer some of these immediate questions in a document attached below however this will be very much a ‘working document’ which we will seek to update as and when new queries come to us.


We have produced a second edition of these FAQs to respond to the initial wave of queries that we have had following the distribution of the demolition flyer and April Forum meetings. Please see below the second edition of these FAQs.


If you have any further questions when you have had a chance to view the FAQs, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team – contact details are provided at the bottom of this page.

Your New Town Hall proposals

What is being built as part of the Your New Town Hall project?

  • YNTH-sketchPhase 1A of the development included the redevelopment of a new Civic Centre and The Press building along with the refurbishment of the Town Hall
  • Phase 1B of the construction programme included the demolition and redevelopment of Hambrook House and the refurbishment of Ivor House.

The project features:

  • Quality office space for local enterprises and start-ups, now open
  • An energy efficient civic building with customer centre and council offices, now completed
  • Landscaped public areas
  • 194 new homes, 40 per cent of which will be classed as affordable homes, being developed
  • A new cycle hub with changing/shower facilities and a café, now completed.

This will reduce Lambeth Council’s core office buildings from 14 to two, saving at least £4.5 million a year and providing new homes and a civic centre.

When will it be completed?

The Town Hall was completed in December 2017 and new civic centre handed over in February 2018.

Phase 1B of the project was completed in December 2018 and Phase 2 will be completed in 2023.

Where is Your New Town Hall?

This project involves a number of council-owned sites:

Site Proposed development
Town Hall (Phase 1A of the construction programme) Retained and refurbished
Town Hall Parade (Phase 1A of the construction programme) Redeveloped for the new civic building
The Press (Phase 1A of the construction programme) Redeveloped as a cycle hub and café
Hambrook House (Phase 1B of the construction programme) Redeveloped for 94 new homes and space for a new shop/café at ground floor
Ivor House (Phase 1B of the construction programme) Refurbished for 26 new homes and space on the ground floor for new restaurants or shops
Olive Morris House (Phase 2 of the construction programme) Redeveloped for 74 new homes and space on the ground floor for new restaurants or shops

You can see these buildings in the aerial view below.

Who is funding the YNTH project?

Your New Town Hall will pay for itself through the redevelopment of old office buildings (that are too expensive to run) into much needed new homes for the borough.

What is Muse’s role?

muse-logoFollowing a rigorous design competition, Lambeth chose Muse Developments Ltd as its development partner.
Muse Developments is one of the country’s leading names in mixed-use development and urban regeneration, with regional operations in Leeds, Manchester, London, and Glasgow. Muse is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group.

Who are the contractors on the project?

There have been different contractors on the various elements of the Your New Town Hall project, all chosen by Muse Developments and Lambeth Council on the basis of their track record for professionalism, health and safety and programme delivery.

The current contractors who will be carrying out demolition on the Olive Morris House are O’Keefe Demolition Ltd, overseen by Muse Developments.

All main contractors must be part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme and comply with the highest regulations for site safety.

What is the Considerate Constructors Scheme?

Considerate Constructors Scheme logoThe Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) is a national initiative set up by the construction industry. Sites and companies that register with the scheme are monitored against a Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements. The scheme focuses on any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole.

The Triangle site was audited twice by the Considerate Constructors Scheme and on both occasions we scored well in excess of the national Considerate Constructors Scheme standard score of 35/50. On our 1st visit we scored 42/50 and the 2nd visit we scored 45/50.

How can I get in contact with the project team?

Please contact us either by email, telephone or post using the details at the bottom of this page.