Carlton & Granville redevelopment shortlisted for awards hat-trick

25 June 2019

Improvements to a "treasured community resource" in South Kilburn have been shortlisted for three architecture prizes, at the prestigious New London Awards 2019.

The redevelopment of The Granville, which was completed in April 2018, was shortlisted for the Community Prize and in the Meanwhile category. Further planned improvements to the Carlton & Granville Centres are also shortlisted in the Mixed-Use category. Each of categories celebrate community-driven design and collaboration.

The initial redevelopment of The Granville has created genuinely affordable work and event spaces for the local community. In its first year since opening, The Granville has had over 20,000 visits and hosted more than 400 community events. Around 30 local businesses have also benefitted from hiring affordable workspaces.

Final plans for second phase of development were approved by cabinet in April 2019, with work due to start in 2020. It will further improve facilities for the community, including the Granville Plus Nursery School, a Children's Centre, Enterprise Hub and new Community Facilities. Eighteen much-needed new council homes will also be created for Brent residents.

A spokesperson for the Carlton & Granville Key Stakeholder Group, which represents the users of the buildings, said: "The Carlton & Granville buildings are a treasured community resource that have been a huge part of South Kilburn for generations. We're thrilled that the four-year partnership between local people and a diverse range of partners has been recognised."

Councillor Shama Tatler, Brent Council's lead member for Regeneration and Planning, said: "The Carlton & Granville redevelopment is a great example of how the design of new community facilities can be shaped by local residents and community organisations. We're incredibly proud that our commitment to helping community voices take the lead has been acknowledged by the industry."

The redevelopment of The Granville was completed by RCKa architects. The further development of Carlton & Granville is being undertaken by Adam Khan Architects.

The redevelopment of the buildings is part of the award-winning South Kilburn regeneration. The recently completed Kilburn Quarter won RESI Development of the Year for 2018 and was awarded Best Design at the 2018 National Housing Awards. Woodhouse Urban Park, a new open space for the community, also won in the Built Winner (Regeneration Category) at New London Awards 2017.

The New London Awards recognise the best architecture, planning and development in the capital. The award winners for 2019, chosen by an international expert jury, will be announced on Wednesday 3 July.