The scheme to provide an Enterprise Hub, new youth and community facilities, and housing will not now be going ahead on the OK Club site. Unfortunately we were unable to put together a scheme that met all the objectives of all the partners – the OK Club, South Kilburn Trust, and Brent Council.
We understand that other sites for the Enterprise Hub had been identified by SKT and Brent, although I’m afraid we are not aware of the details.
We look forward to continuing to work with SKT and Brent on local projects, and we will continue to focus on our work alongside the children, young people, and families of South Kilburn.
South Kilburn Trust in partnership with the OK Club and Brent Council have won £1.8 million from the Greater London Authority (GLA) to go towards the creation of a long term ‘Community and Enterprise Hub’ in South Kilburn.
The new hub will secure the future of valued youth services and enterprise facilities in the area and create a sustainable model for new jobs, business support and training as part of the regeneration of South Kilburn. The £1.8million of funding which will be matched by South Kilburn Trust, along with money from the Peel Precinct redevelopment and the development of new homes on adjacent land will help fund the creation of the new Enterprise Hub.
The GLA made the announcement today (Thurs 21 January 2016) after inviting organisations to bid for money from the £20 million London Regeneration Fund last year.
Councillor Roxanne Mashari, Lead Member for Employment and Skills at Brent Council said: “The South Kilburn Trust and the OK Club provide valuable local services which improve the lives of local people and we wanted to help ensure that these services were secured for the future. We all worked together to prepare this bid and I am thrilled that we have won the funding we need.”
Matt Parker, Chair of the OK Club said: “As we approach the OK Club’s 60th birthday in South Kilburn, we are delighted to be a part of this scheme. The three organisations already work closely together and this project will provide a firm foundation for our work over the next 60+ years. We see such enthusiasm, creativity, and amazing ideas among the young people we work with. Combining our youth work and the enterprise hub will really help to release this potential.”
Mark Allan, Chief Executive of the South Kilburn Trust said: “Many residents have been asking us about a long term legacy for the area which supports community activities and local business. This new hub will provide a permanent space to support the many entrepreneurs in the area, building on the success of the South Kilburn Studios, as well as space for the local community to hold the many events and activities that take place in the area. It’s a great opportunity for South Kilburn.”
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP said: “High streets and town centres the length and breadth of London are a hive of economic activity fuelled by creative minds. It’s important that we make sure they continue to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving city and the talented people who are key to its future success. It is fantastic to see so many applicants to this fund, offering innovative ways to nurture and support the dynamism and creativity that will power our economy in the years ahead.”