The council’s Executive has agreed to enter into a development agreement with Galliford Try to develop the new “Willesden Green Cultural Centre”, which is expected to open in the spring of 2014, providing residents with a state of the art library and cultural centre designed by Alford Hall Monaghan Morris and Architecture 519.
As well as a brand new library with access to millions of books and council services, the cultural centre that will include a children’s library, a museum, a special exhibition gallery, an education room, computers and free wifi, along with study space, a community gallery, an archive and a café.
Brent Council will retain the freehold while developers Galliford Try have the right to build homes at the back of the centre for market sale in return for the development.
Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Ann John, said: “I’m excited by the prospect of delivering what will be a stimulating building that meets the needs of our residents on so many levels despite the economic climate.”
Tony Blackburn, Land Director at Galliford Try, added: “This is a fantastic example of the public and private sectors coming together to deliver something exceptional for the local community.”
The redevelopment will start in September 2012 when an interim library service will be put in place.
The development agreement between Brent Council and Galliford Try is expected to be signed by the end of this month. Brent will then consult with residents on the detailed design of the new Willesden Green Cultural Centre.