WINDRUSH SQUARE REOPENING
The new Brixton Central Square will be opened with a series of events during the weekend of 27-28 February. The new square joins together the previous Tate Gardens and Windrush Square as a pedestrianised open space.
Works to the square are part of a wider programme which has seen the gyratory system around St Matthews Church removed and Brixton Hill widened to accommodate more two-way traffic.
Local residents, businesses and organisations were asked to help choose a name for the new square and Windrush Square has emerged as the popular choice. The name commemorates the arrival of the Empire Windrush from Jamaica on 22 June 1948. The ship docked at Tilbury from the Caribbean carrying 492 immigrants and, for many, symbolises the beginnings of modern British multicultural society.
The redevelopment, which follows several years of consultation, has been designed with safety in mind and includes improved lighting, better sightlines and CCTV coverage.
Other design features include:
high quality landscaping and surfacing
sculpted granite seating
wider crossing points for safer access to the square
a new water feature
innovative feature lighting
21 new trees, to add to the existing London plane tree.
More detail about the design can be found at windrush square