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Civic talks in Harrow

by Debbie Ashford and Aileen Murphy Mon 13 March 2017, 10:15 am

Harrow Council has kicked off its conversation with the community about plans for its new civic building on Wealdstone High Street.

Along with the design team – led by Gort Scott and supported by Allies and Morrison and We Made That – the local authority launched initial design plans at a community event in January and offered a tour around the site of the new building.

The new civic centre, containing council offices and community space, is part of a planned transformation of Wealdstone, creating jobs and business opportunities.

The area will also benefit from a £1.5 million grant from the Mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund to provide creative workspaces and fund a new public square.

Flexible open-plan council offices, community spaces, a library, a wedding venue and retail opportunities are also planned at the site.

Submission of a planning application is expected in summer 2017, with work on-site to begin in early 2018 if approval is granted.

On the decision to appoint the Gort Scott-led design team, Councillor Tobias Goevert, head of regeneration and design at Harrow Council, said: “A new civic centre is a once-in-a-lifetime project and will bring great regeneration benefits to our communities. We were lucky to have such strong submissions from all shortlisted practices. Gort Scott and its team stood out for a fresh and simple approach."

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