Westminster City Council has won almost £1m of funding from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund to enhance the new ‘community heart’ of the Church Street area.
The grant award for the Church Street Triangle Project is matched by a council investment of just under £1m.
The project will provide new affordable work and community space, revitalise an underused public space and refresh public toilet facilities for the market and visitors.
The project was one of 33 that bid successfully to the Mayor’s Fund, which has awarded around £30 million to projects that support growth and community development in London. The bid presented a draft scheme, which was devised in close collaboration with the Church Street community and businesses.
The project will now continue to work with the community to test ideas and create a more detailed plan.
Residents are being put first and given the chance to contribute.
The council will be seeking an experienced workspace operator to collaborate on the project and manage the new spaces early next year and the project is expected to be complete by late 2020/early 2021.
Cllr Rachael Robathan, Westminster City Council cabinet member for finance, property and regeneration, said: “This is a great opportunity to transform an underused space. We are putting local people’s views first and listening to how the community think we should improve the Church Street triangle, while supporting the local business community with opportunities for new spaces.”
The Mayor’s Good Growth Fund is a pot of £70 million designed to support ‘inclusive, place based regeneration’, which is underpinned by three key themes: Empowering People, Making Better Places and Growing Prosperity.
This is the second round of Good Growth funding.
Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “This is a great example of a project which aims to give Londoners of all backgrounds the opportunity to be actively involved in shaping how their city develops. The Mayor and I are committed to supporting ‘good growth’ by building a city where all Londoners have access to the same opportunities and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project has in the future.”
The Church Street Regeneration team worked with Jan Kattein Architects and members of the local community to secure the Good Growth funding following a competitive two stage application process, in which a total of 161 applications with a requirement of £125 million made in the first round, were whittled down to the final 33 successful projects.
The Church Street Triangle comprises a large commercial unit at 66-72 Church Street, a parade of six shops, a public WC block, and an area of public realm.
Between July and October 2018 Jan Kattein Architects supported the council to undertake a study of the space and engaged with the local community to generate early design ideas for its future.
Over 200 local people have been consulted so far, and the regeneration team will continue to work in partnership with the community as the scheme progresses, to ensure that the final design meets the needs and aspirations of those who live and work in Church Street.
This project is part of the Church Street Regeneration Programme, which will deliver over 1,750 new homes, improved green spaces, a strengthened commercial offer, increased pedestrian and cyclist accessibility and ambitious health and wellbeing facilities for local people.