Harrow College will run the café and performance space in a new £1.28m urban park in Harrow Town Centre, as part of a partnership with the Council which aims to breathe new life into the area.
The redesigned open space will open in spring next year with a range of events. The College will oversee the activities in the performance space and the café as well as providing a hands-on learning experience for its students.
Urban design and landscape architects, Adams & Sutherland, have designed the multi-use park. The £1.28m transformation of the space has been supported by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund.
It will include a performance space of about 50 sq m, an eat-in café with an “out-of-hours” service hatch for commuter coffee and a terrace which doubles as an outdoor performance space.
Harrow Council Cabinet Member for Business and Enterprise Cllr Kamaljit Chana said: “Lowlands is one of several projects designed to breathe new life into the heart of Harrow and forms part of our vision of a cleaner and safer town centre, which is a pleasant place to live, work and visit.”
Pat Carvalho, Vice Principal at Harrow College said: “We are delighted to be the first tenant of Lowlands and look forward to being able to make a positive contribution to Harrow’s Town Centre and residents.”
The Council secured funding for the project through the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund which they will use trying to make Harrow Town Centre into a “retail and cultural destination to match any London Borough”. The Lowlands scheme is one of several interrelated projects to improve the network of public spaces in and around Harrow Town Centre.