Black Cultural Archives boasts the best local café in Brixton say Brixton Buzz

Black Cultural Archives boasts the best local café in Brixton say Brixton Buzz

Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton can now add another accolade to its multiple awards – best local café for flexible working as announced by Brixton Buzz. It’s been a year since BCA opened the doors to its new heritage centre, offering a unique insight into the lineage of Afro Caribbean people to UK society. Since opening, the centre has won two Civic Trust awards and more recently successfully gained two awards at the New London Awards 2015 including London’s Best New Building. After ruminating over the different local options, BCA’s café has now been selected as the best venue in Brixton for working and relaxing after the centre was singled out on Brixton Buzz’s forum “Central Brixton Cafés for getting work done (laptop friendly.) ” This recognition is particularly notable as it comes directly from the users of the refurbished building, boding well for the long term economic success of the activity plan as agreed with funders, the Heritage Lottery Fund. As well as being able to use the café for ad-hoc visits, BCA also has a meeting room available for rent for larger gatherings. Having organised our own internal meeting with lunch served there, we can vouch for the sandwiches!   Images courtesy of Edmund Sumner We are extremely proud to have worked with BCA developing an asset that provides a deep and permanent connection to the rich history of the black community. Well done to BCA – fantastic to have the vote of confidence from the neighbourhood you serve!...
Black Cultural Archives recognised as overall winner of New London Awards 2015

Black Cultural Archives recognised as overall winner of New London Awards 2015

Today there’s been an excited buzz in the office after one of our high profile projects – the Black Cultural Archives won its category and overall winner at the New London Awards 2015 (NLA). The awards are part of a programme of events organised by New London Architecture to celebrate, recognise and reward the best in architecture, planning and development in London. Needless to say we were thrilled to hear the project won its category “award for conservation and retrofit” and then elated to hear it was presented as the overall winner across all the categories. This is a fitting and richly deserved tribute to the work that the entire team at Black Cultural Archives and all the stakeholders put in to deliver a truly remarkable project. This accomplishment is even more exceptional given the extremely competitive field of other high calibre entries. The project itself was a grade II listed building in Brixton which was transformed in a £6.5m development to create a brand new heritage centre, the first national black heritage centre. Since completion, almost a year to the day, it has been highly acclaimed for uniting the community and providing a platform for the history and story of people of African and Caribbean descent in UK society. We were extremely proud of the teamwork and collaboration which was achieved during this project, we had a complex brief to amalgamate a collection of over 1000 precious artefacts that were spread out in various locations and bring everything under one roof. Significantly the project received Heritage Lottery funding and we worked hard with the team to qualify at...
Double Success – 2 Civic Trust Awards for Black Cultural Archives Heritage Project

Double Success – 2 Civic Trust Awards for Black Cultural Archives Heritage Project

(L-R) George Clarke – TV Presenter, Paul Reid – Black Cultural Archives, Malcolm McGregor – Pringle Richards Sharratt, Graham Clarkson – Clarkson Alliance We are proud to announce the new heritage centre for Black Cultural Archives (BCA), project managed by Clarkson Alliance and designed by Pringle Richards Sharratt architects has received two Civic Trust Awards and has also been shortlisted for a RIBA award. The Civic Trust Awards began in 1959 and are awarded to projects demonstrating excellence in planning, architecture, design, landscape and public art.  Particular recognition is given to those of a high standard in sustainability and those projects providing beneficial impact to the community either culturally, economically or socially. Since opening in July 2014, the new heritage centre in Brixton has played host to a number of exhibitions and events encapsulating black history in the UK as well as exhibiting works from museums like the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A. The BCA team and collection had been dispersed across different sites around London for a number of years prior to the move.  The £6.9million project in a Grade II listed building has united them in Windrush Square, a significant landmark.  The Square is named after the S.S. Windrush ship which carried a mass population of black immigrants into the UK in 1948. The aim of the project has been to preserve the artefacts, ephemera and collections that chart black settlement in the UK and allow these stories to be told for future generations. The project was recognised with a Civic Trust award last week and a second special award for Community Impact and Engagement. Closely...