Brent Council asked us to lead a process of community participation in the northwest London area of Kingsbury. The aim of the work is to engage with local people in order to develop a vision for public realm improvements on Kingsbury Road. Alongside speaking to a wide range of the local community, the project involves establishing a 'Town Team' consisting of local residents, students, business owners and councillors who will work to shape a 5-15 year agreed vision, as well as draw up a 'Kingsbury Charter' outlining design proposals and priorities for the future of Kingsbury Road.
We have spoken to over 450 local people, attended 28 local events, popped up along Kingsbury Road, held a workshop, a de-clutter audit and a walkabout session. We have gathered over 300 pieces of feedback. The next steps of the project include further feedback collection on priorities for de-cluttering Kingsbury Road, followed by the mobilisation of the Town Team: from the insight collected from the local community, they will start focusing on putting together a Kingsbury Charter.
The first community engagement phase of the project runs from May – March 2016
In order to engage passersby, we created a mobile pop-up table which we set up along Kingsbury Road. This proved to be a successful way of hearing people's concerns, but also discovering where they feel there are opportunities for change.