The Harrow Road District Centre is recognised by Westminster City Council (WCC) as a priority area for change and improvement. Working alongside local residents and stakeholders, the Council are producing a ‘Place Plan’ to describe the existing issues and priorities, establish overarching objectives for the area and give details on a range of realistic projects that will help deliver immediate and longer-term improvement.
We are now starting the 'Good Growth Fund' project
Working alongside residents and stakeholders, we will be picking up the wealth of existing work and ideas that already exist. We will weave these into an overarching vision that will be used to guide change over the coming years.
This will provide a clear framework for delivering improvement across the Harrow Road and help coordinate input across council departments, with key landowners and amongst the community.
Following this we will be developing detailed designs with local people and delivering improvements to three public spaces along the harrow road by September 2022.
The first focuses on Maida Hill Market and its surrounding public space. The aim is to reinforce it as a space for culture, community and civic life.
The second and third spaces sit at points where the high street meets the canal, in Queen's Park and on Westbourne Green. These projects offer the chance to create greener and more inviting public spaces that prioritise communal health and wellbeing whilst bringing new activity to the high street.
This includes the Maida Hill Market Vision that has been co-produced with local people, projects brought forward by other community members such as Grand Junction, a new community and cultural venue based at St Mary Magdalene Church, and the work by the areas' two Neighbourhood Forums and Community Council.
It will also complement council projects that have already started including a refurbished public space at WECH Garden and the new 'Rebel business School' at 470 Harrow Road which will open in July and September respectively.
This website is currently being updated and more information on this wider work will be added shortly.
Westminster City Council are leading the project and jointly funding the design and delivery with the Greater London Authority.
The Design Team comprises of the following consultants:
5th Studio will be leading the design team. They are a unique spatial design agency working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape.
Expedition are an engineering consultancy who will provide expertise on green infrastructure, circular and sharing economy initiatives and collaborative stewardship models.
JCLA are landscape architects with a background in sustainable site-specific strategies and solutions.
Daisy Froud is a community engagement and participatory design specialist working on public projects in London.
Studio Dekka will provide urban design lighting services.
Accertum will be providing cost consultancy advice across the project.
Waterways Projects are specialist waterways consultant who will provide input on canalside design, engagement and stewardship.
Abundance Arts will be leading a series of creative engagement workshops for young people.
NRP are transport engineers and will lead on transport and movement related matters.