Harrow Arts Centre is to be refurbished and re-energised, thanks to new investment from Harrow Council and the Mayor of London.
Architects have now begun working on new designs, which will not only improve the complex of buildings on the site, but also add classrooms, affordable studios and an improved outdoor area. The first new learning space will be available from Autumn this year, with new artist studios following in 2020.
Cllr Keith Ferry, portfolio holder for Business, Planning and Regeneration said: “It wasn’t long ago that the Arts Centre faced an uncertain future – but we take great pride in saying those days are long behind us. 230,000 people visited the site last year. We want 300,000 people and more visiting the HAC in future – and this project, will make that possible.
“But this investment doesn’t just mean fun. It means jobs and places for our small cultural industries to grow and thrive, helping them all on their journey to success – this is what the council does best. Economic development and cultural wealth go hand-in-hand at the HAC, and that’s something we can all believe in.”
Harrow Council has now agreed funding, after winning a two-year grant from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s Good Growth Fund. The Mayor of London’s cash is set aside for workspace and public realm, with the council contribution providing the rest.
Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, 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.”