New London Architecture Award 2015
The Black Cultural Archives project won two NLA Awards:
- The Overall Winner
- The Conservation and Retrofit Award
The citation said:
"Sited at the heart of historic Brixton, the project has brought Raleigh Hall back from the brink and into active use.The derelict Grade II listed building, which had been on the English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk Register since 1992, was gifted to the BCA by Lambeth Council to provide a permanent home dedicated to black heritage in Britain. The project has produced creative alteration and extension of the former semi-detached houses, and is one of the few places in the UK to meet national archive standards."
Generally, judges applauded the way that many of the shortlist created a new identity for their schemes, but felt that the winner – and overall winner of this year’s New London Awards – Black Cultural Archives, was clearly ahead for its wider contribution to Brixton. ‘As a transformation it is quite stunning’, said Peter Murray.