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Adam Khan wins Kilburn community centre contest

Adam Khan Architects' project to upgrade the Carlton and Granville community centres in South Kilburn
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Adam Khan Architects has won a competition to upgrade the Carlton and Granville community centres in South Kilburn, north-west London

The practice defeated Karakusevic Carson Architects and Stephen Taylor Architects to win the design contract, which was tendered through the GLA’s outgoing ADUP framework and is part of a wider regeneration masterplan for the area by Shepherd Epstein Hunter.

The project, for Brent Council, will transform the two neighbouring buildings into a new complex featuring an enterprise hub, nursery school, community facilities and housing.

Studio director Adam Khan said: ‘We are excited and honoured to be joining the local community to nurture and grow these well-loved resources, and build new facilities which empower this growing and changing neighbourhood.’

Brent Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, growth, employment and skills, Shama Tatler, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Adam Khan Architects, which has a wealth of experience delivering high-quality public-sector projects alongside communities. Partnering with local residents and organisations helps make sure that the much-needed facilities we’re building meet the needs of the community.’

The Granville Youth and Community Centre is on Carlton Vale near Queens Park station. The building was first constructed as a Presbyterian Mission Hall in the late 19th century and is currently being refurbished by RCKa.

The neighbouring Carlton Centre was meanwhile constructed as the Carlton Vale School for girls and infants built in the early 20th century. Both buildings feature within Brent’s South Kilburn regeneration masterplan.

Once complete, the redevelopment project will deliver a new base for several community organisations along with a nursery school, community centre, enterprise hub and community kitchen.

Khan’s winning scheme aims to transform the building into an ‘attractive, socially active destination’ featuring adaptable workspace, community infrastructure and a strong sense of place.

Alongside Khan, the winning multidisciplinary team also features Practice Architecture, community engagement strategist Daisy Froud, engineer Structure Workshop, and environmental and building services engineers Ritchie + Daffin.

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