Connecting Communities

The challenges of development in London include the creation of new public and community buildings – the vitality of the city is very much about places and spaces where people can meet.

Community-led and -focused schemes can provide a new lease of life to buildings and areas. But of course there are also much loved and locally significant buildings that have a timeless appeal.

The weekend provides opportunities to see examples of the above and hear about some future development plans and proposals, including a few still in construction – revealing more about the future of London at a local level.

Fitzrovia Chapel - located within the Fitzroy Place development on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital, the chapel was preserved as part of a development agreement for the wider project, and has been the subject of a £2m restoration by Fitzroy Place's developers Exemplar and Aviva. The Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation, a charitable organisation has been created to ensure a strong future for the Grade II* listed chapel. Designed in 1891 by celebrated architect John Loughborough Pearson, the chapel was completed in 1929 by his son Frank.

Community focused:

  • Regeneration at Heart of Commiunity - Camberwell Residential - reconstruction of a building derelict for more than 40 years, transformed into a modern residential property over a community restaurant/bar
  • Crystal Palace Subway - subway under Crystal Palace Parade resembling a vaulted crypt. The subway once connected teh former High Level Station to the Crystal Palace
  • Pop Brixton - ad-hoc and quick-thinking design on a large scale, recycling and repurposing components providing a temporary platform for community events and fledgling businesses
  • Impact Hub King's Cross - innovative workspace for social entrepreneurs with recycled fittings and furniture

Bringing people together for learning, culture and entertainment:

  • The Library at Willesden Green - new 4-storey building incorporating the Victorian library, creating a new cultural landmark in Brent
  • New Wimbledon Theatre - a striking Edwardian theatre with main auditorium seating 1,600+ and which has recently been refurbished
  • New Horizon Youth Centre - an institutional building invested wiht the flexibility and generosity of a welcoming settled house through an innovative design approach
  • Thrive, Battersea Park - training buildng and garden for charity teaching gardening and life skills to local residents with disabilities

Places in development

  • V&A FuturePlan - introducing the rich and varied architecture of hte V&A Museum, allowing access to some areas usually closed to the public and the latest gallery projects
  • Barking Town Centre Tour - this area has seen significant new development over recent years. Now designated one of London's Housing Zones, meaning further development over the next decade. See a number of award-winning schemes and plans for the next 5 years.

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