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AHMM lands planning for Willesden Green cultural centre

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and Architecture 519 have bagged approval from the local authority for its Willesden Green Cultural Centre redevelopment in Brent, north London

Commissioned by the London Borough of Brent and being delivered by Galliford Try and Linden Homes, the scheme will replace the existing 1980s library with a ‘community landmark’ and incldues around 90 flats.

The proposals, which rincorproate a much-loved Victorian library building, will now need to go to the GLA and Secretary of State before Brent can formally give planning permission.

The cultural centre will house a library, café, customer services, training, arts and community function spaces, as well as the Brent Archive and Brent Museum. 

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AHMM wins retendered Willesden Green contest

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and Architecture 519 have won the re-tendered contest to design the Willesden Green Cultural Centre redevelopment in Brent, north London

The team, part of a bid led by Galliford Try Regeneration with Gillespies Landscape and URS Scott Wilson, will replace the existing 1980s library with a ‘community landmark’ and 90 flats.

Brent Council had originally selected a bid from a consortium led by First:Base with Arup Associates for the project. However, according to council documents, the tender process had to be reopened in November 2011 due to ‘material change to the structure of [First:Base’s] offer’ which was ‘reliant upon obtaining a significant level of funding from an external source’ (see attached document).

Hal Currey, director at Arup Associates said: ‘We’re naturally disappointed that despite having developed a design for Willesden Green which was really positively received by both Brent Council and First Base, we cannot take this scheme forward. We wish the council and AHMM well.’

A planning application will be submitted in the spring with completion set for 2014.

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