The Granville, South Kilburn’s flagship co-working, event and community hub, has been nominated for two awards by New London Architecture, in the Meanwhile category and in the Community category. New London Architecture is the independent centre for the built environment, bringing together professionals, politicians and the public.
The Granville is run by the South Kilburn Trust, providing space to 30 local start-up and growing enterprises, has three amazing event spaces, a community café run by the local Saucy Soca, as well as hosting a wide range of activities and services for the local community. The Granville refurbishment was designed by RCKa architects in a partnership with Brent Council and the Mayor of London, and through an extensive consultation with local community members.
Mark Allan, Chief Executive says “We are really proud of what we have achieved here, and it’s very rewarding for all of us involved that The Granville has been nominated for two prizes, in particular in the Community category. We are grateful to the support from the local community, local businesses, from Brent Council and the Mayor of London, and to RCKa that we made this happen. ”
The awards will be announced on the 3rd July at the NLA Annual Launch at the Guildhall.
The Trust this week launches its mini impact report focused on some of the key highlights of the last year. The report is aimed at local residents and will be delivered to every home in South Kilburn and to all of our key partners and stakeholders and presented at a community event in June.
Mark Allan, Chief Executive says “It’s amazing how time flies and here we are celebrating one year of the re-opening or The Granville. Our aim was to open up The Granville to local people, local organisations and local entrepreneurs and that’s what we’ve done. Thank you to everyone who helped us make this happen”.
The South Kilburn Trust offers space for start-up and growing enterprises, space for community services and activities and space for people and organisations to hold their events. The Trust has a subsidised packaged for local people starting a new enterprise, and rooms from £2.50 per hour for community groups. The aim is to make the building accessible to everyone.
Mary Arnold, Trustee and long time community champion, says “It’s been an amazing year. But we want to do more and really make sure The Granville is used by everyone. We are holding a Communi-Tea on the 12th June and it will be an opportunity for anyone who hasn’t met the Trustees to come and chat to us about what else we should be doing. And there will be lots of tea and cake!”
The Communi-Tea is open to everyone of all ages, and will be at The Granville on 12th June from 3.30pm to 7pm with free (please check time and date and add in what’s on offer).
Mark Allan, our current Chief Executive, has decided to move on at this point in the South Kilburn Trust’s journey, and will be leaving the Trust at the end of June after nearly 6 years.
Mark has led us through an ambitious
and challenging period of growth and positive change to great effect. He helped
us form a partnership with Brent Council and with many local organisations and
enterprises, helped secure funding from the Mayor of London, refurbish a major
historic local building, and now run a successful large community, co-working
and event space, The Granville. The second phase of the redevelopment, due to
start in 2020, has just been approved by Brent Council.
Ros Dunn, Independent Chair says “Mark has been an excellent Chief Executive, and we are very grateful to him for leading us so successfully to this point. We recognise we can’t keep someone excellent forever, and thank him for leading the Trust through some very challenging and very rewarding times“.
The Trust has a great team in place, supported by the many users of The Granville, our partners, and other key stakeholders. We recognise it’s important to maintain momentum and continuity in all aspects of our work, therefore Mackenzie Chapman, our current Director of Operations, will be the Acting Chief Executive from early July 2019 while we recruit a permanent Chief Executive. More information available at www.southkilburntrust.org.uk/jobs.
Mark Allan, current Chief Executive says “I have genuinely enjoyed my time here and gained lots of great experience about leading an organisation and running a community and enterprise hub. It has been a privilege to be part of the development of The Granville, and helping the Board, and the many people I have met along the way, start to create a long term legacy for South Kilburn“.
The Board wishes Mark all
the very best and while we reluctantly let him go, we look forward to welcoming
someone new to take us on the next stage of our exciting and ambitious journey.
Mark Allan, chief executive, South Kilburn Trust, writes:
We support Brent Council’s plans to improve the Granville and Carlton Centres.
The plans, which were shaped by ideas and feedback from residents and community groups, will keep the original Carlton building and the main original part of the Granville building, and increase the amount of community space that the current Granville centre offers. The new community spaces will be of a much higher quality, more environmentally sustainable, fully sound-proofed, far more accessible to people with mobility needs, and of a quality that local people deserve for the long term.
Since the South Kilburn Trust started running The Granville last May and opened it up to be accessible to everyone from the local community, we have had over 20,000 visits. We run a wide range of activities and events, the majority of which are free or very low cost to take part in. We offer resident discounts on spaces, which includes a special low rate for local community groups, including to Granville Community Kitchen. In fact all our prices are no higher than those charged at The Granville more than 10 years ago. We have had only one complaint of noise which was quickly resolved by moving the activity to a better room, and even if there is housing on site, we have housing right next door and have proved it can work well together.
The Granville is taking bookings for work and event space ahead of its opening in Spring 2018. The new-look Granville will boast brand new workspace and purpose built community and venue space for hire, following the completion of the refurbishment of the building this March.
The Granville, a much-loved community building in the heart of South Kilburn, is currently undergoing refurbishment, due to re-open in spring 2018. The Granville will offer community space, workspace, and a café and garden, all open to local people.
We are excited to announce that South Kilburn resident and founder of the Somali Community Group, Asha Shirwa, has been nominated for the ‘Community Champion’ Award at this year’s Pride of Brent Awards which will take place on Thursday 23rd November at the Brent Civic Centre.