Black Cultural Archives opening delayed until at least July 2013

Written by on May 18, 2012 in Community, News - 1 Comment

The new Black Cultural Archives (BCA) is now likely to open in July 2013, the Brixton Blog can confirm, after the building contractors went into administration last month.

The BCA was left with no building company to carry out the work of converting Raleigh Hall, Windrush Square, when Killby & Gayford collapsed in April.

They are now in the process of interviewing other building companies on the original shortlist. This will push back the opening until July 2013, assuming everything goes to plan.

Vivek Malhotra, Project Director of the new heritage centre, told the Brixton Blog: “It’s a shame it happened, but what can we do? The construction industry is going through hard times and they were an established firm. We were upset about it, but you have to move on.”

The BCA had first planned to open in time for the Olympics, but this had already been delayed to April 2013.

The BCA, which has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund among others for the project, will not know how much the setback has cost them until they have chosen the new contractor.

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