The Old Library on Grahame Park Estate in Colindale will be temporarily refurbished as an enterprise, employment and community hub as part of the huge regeneration project, thanks to a £200,000 grant from the Mayor of London.
Notting Hill Genesis’ transformation of the Grahame Park Estate, delivered on behalf of Barnet Council, is part of an ongoing programme to create 3,500 homes over more than 20 years.
New community facilities are planned as part of the project, but are not expected to be completed for at least the next five years, whereas the success of this application will allow us to create a dynamic, multi-use community hub with a focus on enterprise and skills in the heart of Grahame Park as soon as possible.
The Good Growth Fund is supporting 33 projects across the capital to boost local economies, improve the environment and bring people together.
Work will begin on the extensive improvements shortly, bringing the added benefit of providing a high-quality space for consultation events as the long-term regeneration project continues.
It will be delivered in partnership with Colindale Communities Trust, the legacy vehicle for the social and economic improvement of the estate.
Tracy Lavers, Notting Hill Genesis’ director of regeneration for Grahame Park, said: “This is fantastic news for the whole community. We are looking forward to starting work soon and will be working closely with Colindale Communities Trust to provide a service that really meets the needs of those living and working in Grahame Park.
It will also help us host a series of consultation events for the wider regeneration project, so residents can tell us what they want for their community.
Councillor Daniel Thomas, chairman of the Barnet Council Assets, Regeneration and Growth Committee, said: “This money will be put to great use for the community of Colindale. The Investment will improve job prospects for residents and give the area a real boost. We are looking forward to seeing this project make a long-term difference to the lives of local people.”
Jules Pipe, deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills, said: “This is a great example of a project which aims to give Londoners of all backgrounds the opportunity to be actively involved in shaping how their city develops. The Mayor and I are committed to supporting ‘good growth’ by building a city where all Londoners have access to the same opportunities and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project has in the future.”