There has been a visible rise in new housing developments within Brent which have not all been welcomed by the local community. We sent Peter Nugent and Deesha Kanadia to visit a good example of new social housing in South Kilburn
Some people may be in opposition to the new housing that has been coming up around the borough, but there are examples within Brent that shine a light on not only aesthetic but also functional designs. A good example was on our doorstep, a BHP owned and managed development called Granville New Homes (GNH) in South Kilburn. We went to investigate how GNH has not only made a difference to the appearance of the area but how it has made an impact on the local community since its launch in November 2009.
The redevelopment of South Kilburn is evidently underway; a fresh lick of paint to a few buildings has really added a fresh look to the area, surrounded by GNH with its cutting edge design. It has been a beacon in the new area and shows how fresh innovative designs can really change the area. The building was designed in close consultation with the community; they were involved in the whole process which included a visit to Denmark to see examples of social housing using the latest technologies. The visit resulted in the implementation of features such as solar panels, double glazing and under floor heating which all have a functional approach that also reduces bills for residents.
Another very impressive feature of Granville is that it has a community facility and centre which is the focal point of the whole development. The centre includes activities for all generations and is constantly in use. Granville is truly a brilliant example of how new ideas can be implemented to bring about positive change within a community.
Granville has received a great deal of media attention since its launch in November 2009; it is seen as a good approach to the building of social housing within an inner city London area. The implementation of large outdoor communal areas and a pocket park have been more than welcomed by residents as well as the sustainable elements. We felt that Granville has a great new innovative design that has given many more areas the inspiration to be aesthetically pleasing and sustainable at the same time.
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By Peter Nugent, aged 18 and Deesha Kanadia, aged 18