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Pre-Book Your Work and Event Space at The Granville

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 transformed Granville will house local organisations and businesses, and in the spirit of the iconic South Kilburn Studios support local entrepreneurs and growing businesses. Additionally, the space will provide affordable, purpose-built community space which will include event rooms, a café and community garden.

The Granville Enterprise Hub and Community Space will offer:

– three large flexible spaces for a range of occasions

– training, workshops, advice, events and support

– a café leading out to the community garden

– workspace for organisations or businesses

– music studios

– public space to meet and socialise

The day-to-day management of The Granville will be led by the South Kilburn Trust. The Trust will deliver a majority of the activities and support services in the space; these include employment services, business advice, legal advice and a range of community focused activities. Other services and activities will be provided by local groups and organisations in South Kilburn.

Further information about what’s available at The Granville and the project’s vison, mission and objectives can be found at www.thegranville.org

Deanne Isaac, The Granville Hub Manager, said, “Interest in the work and event space is growing on a weekly basis and we thought it would be great to give the public the opportunity to pre-book space and come in and have a chat with us about their needs. The workspace is available to start-ups, established business, freelancers, local organisations and businesses, while the event space can be used for anything from work functions to birthday parties.

“Once up and running, The Granville is going to be a space with a difference – our offer is very competitive and quite unique. Businesses at the space will have access to a great range of free business development support and opportunities as part of their membership as well as direct access to a strong network of businesses and the dynamic Granville community.”

South Kilburn Trust Chief Executive, Mark Allan, said, “We are building a community; The Granville community, and in doing so challenging people’s perceptions and experiences of what community is. The Granville building was founded on the spirit of aspiration, support and togetherness, these are the very threads that bind together our vision, mission and objectives for The Granville and in turn South Kilburn. We are ecstatic to see positive steps towards this materialising and welcome everyone to join us on the wonderful journey – visit The Granville website, find out more, get in touch with us and join The Granville community!”

The Granville development journey started in April 2017 following the successful joint application by Brent Council and the South Kilburn Trust to the Greater London Authority (GLA) for a grant to refurbish the much-loved building into a multiuse space. Since then, the top floors of The Granville have been refurbished and are now home to the South Kilburn Trust’s offices. The ground floors – which will accommodate the workspaces, the café and community and enterprise support services – will be completed by spring 2018 in time for the grand opening.

For bookings contact the Hub Manager, Deanne Isaac on 0207 328 1199 or email deanne@southkilburntrust.org

The Granville: Mark Allan Gets Personal

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.  

At the centre of the drive to bring The Granville back to its full life and open to all local residents, is the South Kilburn Trust, led by its Chief Executive, Mark Allan.

Mark speaks here about the reasons why the Trust is focusing all its energies and resources into making The Granville a huge success. He also shares with us how central the community is to this.

What does being the Chief Executive of the South Kilburn Trust involve? 

I am responsible for day to day running of the Trust, and also for planning what we do in the future.  I work alongside our board of Trustees, who are a mix people including local residents, and I make the long-term decisions with them. Our main focus is to support people living in South Kilburn, including helping people back into work, helping people start up a new business, and various community activities and events. This year we are also focused on renovating and re-opening The Granville in order to create a multi-purpose space for people of South Kilburn.

Why The Granville? 

The idea of using The Granville started with the idea of having a multi-purpose space for the community. We knew there was funding available to do this so we had numerous conversations about possible spaces in South Kilburn, and in the end Brent Council suggested The Granville, which seemed an obvious choice is it was under-used and in much need of repair.  Plus many local people knew it as their community centre, so it became even more of an obvious choice.

 How did the plans become a reality?

Well, following the decision by Brent Council to use The Granville, we knew that the Mayor of London has a big focus on making sure there is enough quality workspace for small organisations and businesses in London and has made funding available for organisations who want to create these spaces. And we knew the South Kilburn Studios was closing next year, as part of the planned redevelopment of Peel, so this meant we could get funding to continue the Studios, in part of The Granville. 

What is your overall goal with The Granville?

We want there to be a space at the heart of South Kilburn where people can come together and use for a wide range of activities and events, both now and in the future. A space for local people to use and run community events and projects, as well as a space for local residents to set up and grow a business, that gives themselves an income and creates local jobs. 

And remember, The Granville is not the South Kilburn Trust’s building. We are based in the building, and we will run it, however The Granville is a partnership, including with Brent Council who own the building, and with the community who will use it and be based in it. 

Why is having a space like The Granville important? 

I grew up on a council estate in Scotland. Being part of the wider community was really important in my family feeling connected and to this day it is still important for me to be a part of a community. In the past when I’ve needed help I’ve found that if there’s somewhere for me to go to, a place that I’m welcomed with different services or where I can volunteer and make a difference, it’s really helped me. 

People in South Kilburn have things that they want to do, things that they want to achieve in their lives; in their personal life, work life, and for their families. So I hope The Granville can be an important part of people’s lives. 

What challenges do you and the Trust face running The Granville?

Some of the community are understandably nervous about the changes that are happening to The Granville. There’s a lot of change in South Kilburn. But I hope, because we have the best intentions and I do think it’s going to be a brilliant space, when it opens, people will love it. 

Two things I’ve learned along the way including – You can never communicate enough. And you need to keep going when you really believe in something, despite the challenges along the way.

It’s great to have the opportunity to meet and work alongside the many people that are doing something to make a difference in South Kilburn. 

We’ve Moved! Same Trust, Different Location

We moved. The South Kilburn Trust (SKT) is now officially based at The Granville. The move comes after the completion of the refurbishment of the two top floors of The Granville which have kick-started plans to transform the community building into a purpose-built Enterprise Hub and Community Space.

It’s still ‘business as usual’; SKT projects and services continue with temporary changes to some of their locations. It’s also ‘business as usual’ for existing neighbours; Barnardo’s Children’s Centre and Granville Plus Nursery School as they continue to operate next door.

While building work continues, Granville Community Kitchen and the Otherwise Club will temporarily operate in different locations around South Kilburn, including the Carlton Centre and William Dunbar Tenants Hall.

The South Kilburn Studios tenants will eventually move into the Enterprise Hub in early 2018.

Mark Allan, South Kilburn Trust Chief Executive said, “Our move to The Granville is the first part of our plan to create a multi-purpose space in The Granville open to everyone in the local community – we’ve unpacked and are starting to settle into our new home.

“Although for now the Trust’s services will operate from various venues in the community, due to the refurbishment works still taking place on the ground floors, this move will enable us to physically be based in the heart of the community – which is very important to us – before the new-look Granville officially opens in spring 2018. This is a very exciting time for the South Kilburn Trust and we can’t wait to finally see The Granville come to life again.”

Plans for the new venue include a much-needed Enterprise Hub for local entrepreneurs, businesses and organisations, in addition to a purpose-built community space for residents that will include three large flexible spaces for hire, an open public space, a café and increased access to the garden.

South Kilburn Trust’s new address is: South Kilburn Trust, The Granville, Carlton Vale NW6 5HE.

If you would like to find out more, you can come and visit the Trust at The Granville. Alternatively, call 0207 328 1199 or email hello@southkilburntrust.org for more information.

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Granville Development Update

Development plans for the Granville are underway with phase one of the refurbishment plans scheduled to start this September. Plans will see the top floors of The Granville refurbished followed by a move by the Trust to The Granville. Find out more about the plans and when the Granville will be fully open to the public, click here.

Developing the Granville – Enterprise Hub and Community Space Update

Since announcing that South Kilburn Trust in partnership with Brent Council had secured funding to develop the Granville Centre into an Enterprise Hub and Community Space, we have held two well-attended consultation events in partnership with Brent Council and the project architects, RCKA.

At the first event on the 24th May, we gathered as much feedback, ideas and suggestions from residents, local organisations and businesses to help us shape the development plans for the building – this event went very well. The ideas gathered from this event were all carefully considered taking into account their feasibility.

Some of the ideas were then presented to the community at the You Said/We Did event that was held on the 14th June. RCKA presented how your ideas and comments on the proposals for the space had been incorporated into the plans for the design and layout of the building, and we received further feedback about what was proposed. We are now working with RCKA to finalise plans based on the feedback that was provided at this event.

We know that not everyone was able to make it to both events, but we know it is important that we involve the community, as much as possible, in the decision making process and share plans with everyone. Here are the exhibitions boards that were on display at the last You Said / We Did event.


We aim to keep you informed of the progress at every step of the development, you can sign up to our newsletter by emailing comms@southkilburntrust.org and by following us on our social media platforms to stay up to date with the developments. You can also check out our Enterprise Hub page and the Connect SK in Brief Update.

If you have any questions about the project please email hello@southkilburntrust.org.uk or call 020 7328 1199. If you are interested in the hiring a business place, please contact us.


Community Come Together to Shape the Future of Granville

Scores of South Kilburn residents, local organisations and businesses flooded the Granville Centre to hear about the plans to develop the facility into an Enterprise Hub and Community Space. The consultation event, which took place at the Granville Centre from 2pm-8pm on the 24th May, successfully captured the opinions of local people about the proposed plans and facilitated the exchange of ideas about how the space will be used, look and feel.


The event held by Brent Council, South Kilburn Trust (The Partnership) and architects RCKa, showcased visuals of the plans, whilst a walk and talk through the proposed business space gave attendees a real sense and feel of the proposals. RCKa architects were on hand to give one-to-one Q & A sessions and engaged attendees in a variety of practical activities that got their creative juices flowing.


Chief Executive of the South Kilburn Trust, Mark Allan said, “The proposed plans for the Enterprise Hub and Community Space were generally met with positivity with many local people expressing excitement about the centre being brought back to life. There was also a lot of enthusiasm about the opportunities that will become available to the wider community as a direct result of the redevelopment.


“We are very pleased that the community took the time out to attend this significant event and contributed so passionately to proposals – we hope that there will be even more excitement once the refurbishment is brought to completion and the community see some of their ideas come to life.”

Richard Barrett, Brent Council’s Head of Estates Regeneration, said, “We are very pleased with the turnout for the consultation event. The transformation of the Granville Centre into an Enterprise Hub and Community Space will create much – needed long term opportunities in the area, which will not only boost the local economy but also highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of South Kilburn.


“Information gathered from the consultation will be presented to the project board to in turn inform various aspects of the Granville Centre design. Local people that didn’t attend the event but still wish to view the plans and have their say can do so by visiting the consultation website up until the 2nd of June. The Partnership would like to thank everyone that attended the event, your support and insights have been invaluable.”


The plans for the Granville Centre come after a successful joint bid by South Kilburn Trust and Brent Council to the Greater London Authority (GLA) for a grant of £749,058 to maximise the workspace and maintain community use. The refurbishment will make the Granville Centre more accessible for disabled people, as well as create new opportunities for training and employment for local people, something at the heart of our objectives to support the long-term positive change in South Kilburn.


The exhibition boards detailing the proposals can be viewed and commented on online at: http://granville.rcka.co.uk


For more information about the development of the Enterprise Hub and Community Space visit: http://www.southkilburnnw6.london/hub

Development of the Granville Centre – Have Your Say!

Did you know that Brent Council in partnership with the South Kilburn Trust were recently funded £750,000 by the Greater London Authority (GLA) to transform the Granville Centre into an Enterprise Hub and Community Space?

We are currently planning what this will look like and are inviting South Kilburn residents, local businesses and organisations to come and have their say about the development of the new Enterprise Hub and Community Space. The consultation event will allow local people to come and hear all about the plans, share ideas and help shape proposals.

The event will be taking place at the Granville Centre on the 24th May from 2pm – 8pm. You can book your place here: http://bit.ly/2psvYcl. Food and refreshments will be available.

If you are unable to attend, exhibition boards can be viewed and commented on online at http://granville.rcka.co.uk between the 24th May to 2nd June 2017.

What’s happening at the Granville Centre?

Together with Brent Council and the Mayor of London, South Kilburn Trust is excited to start the development of what will be the new Enterprise Hub and Community Space in South Kilburn. The Trust plans to make the new Granville Centre safer and more accessible for disabled people. Most importantly the new centre will create new opportunities for training and employment, something at the heart of our objectives to support the long-term positive change in South Kilburn.

Want more information? There’s more information about the project here or you can email emma.sweeney@brent.gov.uk

Calling All Food Vendors!

Are you a food Entrepreneur, food creative, or a Start-Up catering company? South Kilburn Trust are looking for you! We are offering a fantastic catering opportunity; on Wednesday 27th September at 6pm–8pm SKT will be hosting a Market Sounding event for a Café at the Granville.

The Market Sounding is a chance for potential food vendors to get information about the opportunity to start or provide catering services to businesses and community users at what will be the newly developed Granville Centre.
South Kilburn Trust in partnership with Brent Council is refurbishing the Granville Centre this year and plans are underway to improve the much-loved centre into a business hub with a community space.

The Market Sounding will give potential vendors a chance to see the space and get a better understanding of the requirements of the opportunity. After the Market Sounding, vendors will be invited to apply for the opportunity via a tendering process.

“This is an amazing opportunity for local food vendors to become a part of a redeveloped community cornerstone such as Granville’ says Lauren Bailey, Strategic Lead at South Kilburn Trust. “We are particularly keen to provide a voice to local food vendors interested in starting a catering service as this is in parallel to creating a business hub that gives entrepreneurs and Start-Ups a much-needed space in South Kilburn,” she goes on to say.
With the first phase of the refurbishment of the building starting this October, the Granville is well on the way to becoming an epicentre for enterprise and community in South Kilburn and this is an unmissable opportunity for caterers that are interested.

If this describes you or you know of someone who’d be interested in this opportunity, get in touch. To confirm your attendance please email lauren@southkilburntrust.org or call 0207 328 1199.

For more information about the Enterprise Hub and Community Space call 0207 328 1199 or email hello@southkilburntrust.org.