We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for our scheme to convert an old cinema building into a community hub for the neighbourhood of Kentish Town, London NW5. London Borough of Camden’s brief aims to provide spaces that meet the needs of local people whilst being to financially sustainable. Co-working spaces, activity rooms, private meeting rooms and a community kitchen are all part of the mix. Some work space will be leased to provide income, whilst welcoming community groups and residents to participate in a variety of ways.
After it closed as a cinema in 1960, the building was converted first to a supermarket and then office space for the Camden Community Law Centre. Our role has been to find a way of opening up the building volume to increase access, ventilation and natural light, whilst making the most of the existing structures and minimising demolition. The interiors will be basic and robust, enabling users to be involved in creating its internal fittings and decoration.