New Windows on Willesden Green has been announced winner of the 2012 Regeneration and Renewal award for boosting high street vitality.
The scheme, launched last year, includes 13 pop up shops on Queen’s Parade inpreviously empty units let to local traders for low rent.
The Library Lab nestled in Willesden Green Library is also still providing residents with a creative space to work from and get business advice and support. The schemes have now been joined by Electric House which is being used to showcase the work of local artists as well as providing businesses with advice on dressing their shop windows. Residents are being invited to vote for the best window display over the Christmas period.
Cllr George Crane Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects said: “It’s fantastic to see projects like these in Brent getting the recognition they deserve. Brent is delivering creative and ambitious schemes that are supporting local businesses and residents during these tough times.”
Jessica Courtney Bennett Project manager said: “From working in the area for over a year we have been fortunate to meet passionate local people who have incredible dedication in making Willesden Green a great place to live and work.”
New Windows in Willesden Green was a GLA’s Outer London Fund project delivered in partnership by Brent Council, The Architecture Foundation, Meanwhile Space, Blue Consulting and 00:/.
The recently formed Willesden Green Team, made up of local residents and business owners, will continue to build on the project.