Brixton Square revealed – a big ugly office block with flats starting at a quarter of a million

Barratt Homes have revealed details of their new ‘Brixton Square’ housing development on Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, with the artists’ impression summoning up what looks like a set of bland council offices. 

Despite being attractively billed as ‘Brixton Square’, as far as I can see there’ll be no open spaces for the public to enjoy – in fact it pretty much looks like a private, gated community (along the lines of the adjacent block).

Prices are, as you might expect, completely out of reach for many local residents, with a small one bedroom flat starting at a cool quarter of a million pounds.

There is no affordable or social housing provision in this large, five/seven storey development of “117 bespoke one and two bedroom apartments.”

Brixton Square is apparently ‘launching’ this autumn (whatever that means) with buyers able to move in from summer 2013.

The website seems more than a bit confused where Brixton actually is – this image above features Canary Wharf tube station, while another ‘local’ photo shows Borough market.

I’m happy to see Brixton regenerating, but I’m not sure upmarket gated communities with no social or affordable housing is the way forward. In fact, I know it’s not.

[Barratt Homes website]