New life for Chesterfield House as development partners HUB and Bridges provide temporary space for community projectsMon 29 Jun 2015
Local job clubs, creatives, entrepreneurs, playgroups and women’s support groups are making use of free space in local landmark.
Specialist mid-market housing developer HUB, together with its partner Bridges Ventures, a specialist impact investor, have donated temporary space on Wembley High Road to local community projects, it was announced today.â€¨
HUB and Bridges Ventures acquired Chesterfield House, a prominent site in Wembley Central, in July 2014. They are committed to working with existing communities to ensure that their developments add positively to the areas where they work in terms of their social and environmental impact. CVS Brent, the organization which supports charities in the local area, is helping HUB to temporarily make the best use of Chesterfield House to benefit the local community while they work up plans for its redevelopment.
HUB will be consulting with the local community on its plans for Chesterfield House in the summer ahead of submitting a planning application later in the year. Proposals will include new residential, retail and community spaces.
Fuad Uddin at CVS Brent said: “There are lots of empty and under-used spaces in Wembley that could work much harder for the local community. What HUB is doing with Chesterfield House is a great example of how developers can better understand the needs of the local people. Job clubs, playgroups and women’s support groups are already making great use of the space which HUB has given over entirely free of charge.”â€¨â€¨
Ansar Youth Project (AYP) organises social and developmental activities, events and outings for disadvantaged young people in Brent. Sara Zobaydi, trustee of AYP said: “Our mission is to support those young people who are often hardest to reach. Having a space to go to that’s so centrally located has made a real difference for both our volunteer workers and the young people who attend events such as job clubs and youth clubs”â€¨â€¨.
Jo Gordon at Daniel’s Den parent and toddler group said: “As a parent or carer, it makes a great deal of difference to get to know other people in the local area with young children. We’re a voluntary organisation bursting at the seams so extra space, within walking distance for local parents, is so important. CVS Brent has matched us with HUB and their building.”
Meanwhile Space provides affordable working space for creatives and entrepreneurs who couldn't otherwise access space. Diana Grisales, of Meanwhile Space said: “Our Coming Soon Club at Chesterfield House demonstrates that there is a wealth of entrepreneurial flair and energy in the area. The demand for work-space locally keeps on growing as much as rents. HUB is providing an oasis for creatives and entrepreneurs who aim to become sustainable organisations.”
Steve Sanham, Development Director for HUB said: “It’s great to see Chesterfield house full of life again. Enabling vibrant, community oriented, uses in the building is our way of engaging and understanding the existing community before coming forward with our redevelopment plans. Creating meaningful relationships in Wembley Central is important for us as we bring forward proposals for a new residential led scheme. Our hope is that it will be a positive addition to the Wembley townscape.”