The Albert, Kilburn

Key Facts:

Project summary: A former British Legion building and sports centre became a community centre for a year before development began.

Location: Kilburn, London, UK

Programme: Sports,Socialising, Food, Music & Film

Initiator: LB Brent

Project Duration: 12 months

Lead in Time: 3 months

Site Area: 6000m2

Client Team: What if Projects

Project Team: Volunteer labour managed by What If projects

Funding Sources: unknown

Project Costs (Build): unknown

Project Costs (Operation): unknown

Profitability/Loss: tbc – ongoing project

Permissions / Permits: Full Planning Application, Advertising Consent

Local Links: Working with a number of local arts and cultural organisations to provide the full programme of events within the space

Publicity/advertising: Website, local advertising,

Project Evaluation:

Site Details & Ownership:
A Royal British Legion and Day Centre buildings owned by LB Brent.

Project Reach / Visitors / Target Audience:
Though the project hasn’t opened as yet its target audience are the local community and its brief is to encourage engagement with unusual activities.

Problems Encountered / Overcome:
Limited time and budget prior to opening involved a lot of high pressure work to get the venue ready on budget and on time.

Feedback from users / staff:
“When buildings around them are being knocked down and the area starts to feel more like a building site meanwhile projects help keep a sense of community and bring so many opportunities to those who live near them”.
Lead Member of Regeneration and Major Project Cllr George Crane

What next?
The current community programme has an anticipqated duration of just over 12 months. This will be followed by the demolition of the buildings to make way for the further development of the area in line with the masterplan.

Complementary Programmes: Library

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