“At risk” Savoy Cinema building saved with an exciting new housing and workspace project

16 March 2021

A neglected Art Deco gem will be saved following Brent Council’s Planning Committee approval of the first co-living scheme in the borough. The Savoy, a former 2000-seat cinema of 1936 designed by architect George Coles will see its rich plasterwork and exterior restored, bringing an abandoned listed building back into use and provide sought-after regeneration to Burnt Oak. 


The scheme was given the go ahead at last week’s planning committee meeting along with  Improvements to the Quintain Wembley Park Masterplan, and approval for six new homes on Preston Hill

Cllr Shama Tatler, Lead Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning, said “a huge amount of work by the council has gone into this project to ensure that the extensions and alterations work well with real improvements secured to save this much loved historic building. Moreover it will provide much needed living spaces and bridge the gap between house shares and normal self-contained flats, and help to tackle loneliness and isolation in our borough”

The refurbished building will provide mix of co-living and co-working spaces the first scheme of this nature in the borough.  Co-living provides smaller semi-self-contained rooms that have the benefit of a really wide range of communal facilities for the residents to use (all included in the rent). 


Improvements to the Quintain Wembley Park Masterplan secured



Real improvements were secured to the Quintain Wembley Park Masterplan at the Planning Committee meeting.  Rutherford Way is to become a tree lined healthy street, with generous routes through to the northern half of the 7-acre park.  The quality of the homes will improve, with more flats enjoying great outlook over the park.  In response to the climate change emergency, more of the buildings will become car free.


Six new homes approved on Preston Hill

Six new homes on Preston Hill were approved by the Planning Committee.  New suburban housing is essential to ensure that we have a wide range of new homes in the borough, recognising that different people have different preferences and not all homes should be built in our Growth Areas.  A range of development sizes is also critical to the delivery of homes, with smaller businesses and SMEs delivering many of the smaller schemes in the borough.