The Greater London Authority has pledged £750,000 from the London Regeneration Fund for the refurbishment of the Granville Centre in South Kilburn.
The funding secured will finance the transformation of the facility into a purpose-built Enterprise Hub and Community Space, as part of the on-going regeneration of South Kilburn.
The funding comes after a successful joint bid by Brent Council and the South Kilburn Trust and will accelerate plans for the venue to house up to 30 business that currently reside in South Kilburn Studios. Refurbishment plans also include the creation of affordable community space for use by residents, community groups and local organisations, as well as adaptations to the building to make it safer and more accessible for disabled users.
Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills said “The regeneration of South Kilburn aims to deliver not just new and better quality housing but also social infrastructure and community services. South Kilburn has a proud heritage of creativity and establishing an Enterprise Hub and Community Space will enable budding entrepreneurs to thrive and grow.”
Chief Executive of the South Kilburn Trust, Mark Allan, said, “This is great news, the GLA funding has brought us one step closer to realising our vision of creating a sustainable workspace and affordable community space in the heart of South Kilburn. The Partnership is hopeful that the Hub will be a prominent feature of North West London, capitalising on the upward trend of business start-ups and the reputation of South Kilburn Studios as home to some of London’s successful budding entrepreneurs.”
Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said, “The Mayor and I are committed to supporting social and economic enterprise across London. I’m really pleased we are able to support this Enterprise and Community Hub through the London Regeneration Fund. This is a great example of a local asset providing spaces for innovative, enterprising people to pursue their ideas, along with spaces for the wider community to use in the heart of their neighbourhood.”
The refurbishment plans are part of a two phase plan around a permanent Enterprise Hub. Phase 1 – the Refurbishment of Granville – is planned to finish in late 2017/early 2018. Once opened it will run for up to five years. The final plans for Phase 2, a permanent Enterprise Hub and Community Space will be decided in 2018.
The South Kilburn Trust will move into the Granville Centre this spring followed by SK Studios tenants who will move to the space in late 2017. The current occupiers of the Granville Centre – Granville Plus Nursery School; Barnardo’s Children’s Centre, Granville Community Kitchen and Otherwise Club – will continue to operate in the centre.