Following on from success in Shoreditch and Croydon, BOXPARK opened its third and largest space on Quintain’s Wembley Park site in December 2018. Located on Olympic Way, a stone’s throw from Wembley Stadium, BOXPARK is a dedicated events space spanning 20,000 sq ft. In addition to a diverse range of food and drink offerings, BOXPARK operates and hosts virtual reality experiences and a ‘PlayBox’ area which includes shuffleboard, table tennis, pool and table football.
Queen’s Parade Willesden Green is a parade of 9 vacant shops reoccupied for retail and workspace use, offering community workshops and skills exchanges.
2 months after opening it was voted as one of nine best shopping locations in London by Time Out readers. Meanwhile Space CIC ran the project from March 2012, supported by GLA Outer London Fund.
After the funding stopped June 2016, Meanwhile Foundation took on and continued the project.
The Troubadour Theatre
The Troubadour Theatre opened in 2019 and lies at the heart of Quintain’s regeneration of Wembley Park. Described by theatre critic Mark Shenton, as “the most significant new trend in theatre building” in his lifetime, the space has a flexible 1,000 – 2,000 seat capacity, as well a large bar space and its own restaurant Studio 5ive. The theatre has hosted a range of shows from comedy nights to Dinosaur World Live.
Photo by: Chris Winter
The Yellow Pavillion
The Yellow Pavilion is an example of a Meanwhile Use so successful it became permanent! The Yellow Pavilion was a community space offering classes across a variety of disciplines, including arts and culture, health and wellbeing, and education. It proved so popular – welcoming 6,500 individuals in 2017 – that it reopened permanently as “The Yellow” in October 2018 in a brand-new premises. The project is delivered by Quintain in partnership with Brent Council.
Winterfest, Wembley Park took place between November 2019 and January 2020. Developers Quintain, partnered with Appear Hear to advertise regular pop-up spaces on their private site. The illuminative instillations and sculptures, London’s tallest ever LED Christmas tree and a multi-sensory ‘playground’ were free to explore and transformed the Market Square. Pictured is the 100-metre long installation of 32 multi-coloured rings by Californian artists Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevant.
Wembley Stadium has twice been the backdrop to temporary Powerleague pitches. The project initially ran between 2008 and 2016, and then again from 2017 to 2018. The pitches were owned and operated by the private company, Powerleague, on the grounds of the Football Association (FA). Seven outdoor 3G pitches for 5 and 7-a-side were available for hire and league participation, including junior and youth games, and after-school and Saturday morning coaching sessions.
Nomadic Community Garden
Following success in Brick Lane, Londonewcastle collaborated with Brent Council to bring a Nomadic Community Garden to a vacant site in Queen’s Park in 2017. The not-for-profit social enterprise temporarily transforms empty spaces into community spaces where people can grow food, create art and share skills. Activities include mosaic workshops using recycled objects, smoothie making, beekeeping, fruit harvesting and DIY workshops.
Ujima House opened in 2018, is a five story building owned by Brent Council, currently being used as a mixed-use meanwhile workspace. It provides space to a range of organisations focusing on community giveback. Current tenants include a community boxing club, a football training academy for young people, London’s cheapest open-access workshop and a community training centre. It was also featured as one of TimeOut’s ‘most inspiring’ meanwhile spaces in 2019.