Brent Councillors celebrate delivery of South Kilburn Estate housing milestone at North West Quarter

Alice Lester & Matthew Taylor

Today Countryside Partnerships was joined by Councillors from the London Borough of Brent to celebrate a major housing milestone at North West Quarter, Phase two of the regeneration of the South Kilburn Estate.

The council’s regeneration programme is on track to transform the area into a sustainable and thriving neighbourhood. Once complete, the North West Quarter scheme (otherwise also referred to as ‘Peel’) will deliver a total of 328 homes, of which 184 will be private, 98 will be shared ownership via Home Group and 46 will be social housing for existing and secure South Kilburn residents.

Following opening remarks from Matt Taylor, Managing Director, North London, Countryside Partnerships and Alice Lester, Director Regeneration Growth & Employment at Brent Council, councillors and attendees toured the recently unveiled show apartment.

To date, Countryside Partnerships has delivered the first phase of the scheme, Woodrow House, providing 38 high quality new homes for existing, and secure, South Kilburn Council tenants.

The second and third phases of the scheme will see Countryside Partnerships deliver a total of 167 apartments, 98 of which will be private homes and 69 affordable homes via its affordable housing partner Home Group; alongside a plethora of community amenities, which will form the heart of the ambitious masterplan to transform the South Kilburn area.

In addition to the new homes being delivered, Countryside will be facilitating a range of additional facilities to benefit the wider area and community. The new homes are built around a public plaza, which sits at the heart of the development, offering a place for friends and neighbours to meet.

It is anticipated that both residents and the wider community will also benefit from access to new facilities including, such as a new gym, a health centre, a pharmacy, a convenience store, children’s play areas and a café, which Countryside is working to deliver as part of the wider project.

Designed by award winning architects Penoyre & Prasad architects, the scheme has been taken forward by Frank Reynolds Architects. North West Quarter has already won several awards, including the Future Project category at the Place West London Awards in May 2017, and Best Practice at the New London Architecture awards in May 2019.

Countryside Partnerships is committed to creating sustainable communities and has been working with Brent Council, local residents and organisations to understand how they can best be supported since the regeneration scheme commenced. This has included: paid micro-apprenticeships to promote youth agency and inclusion in shaping the design of public space, donations to Brent Family Wellbeing and a number of social value initiatives from fundraising for local charities and upskilling and training for local people.

Matt Taylor, Managing Director, North London, Countryside Partnerships said: 

"We are very proud to be working in partnership with Brent Council to contribute to the transformation of South Kilburn and today has been a great opportunity to showcase the range of housing tenures which have been delivered so far at North West Quarter.  As a partnerships business, we are passionate about creating sustainable new communities and the regeneration taking place in South Kilburn is a great example of this."

Alice Lester, Director Regeneration Growth & Employment at Brent Council:

“Our award-winning South Kilburn regeneration programme is on track to deliver 2,400 new homes, at least 50% of which will be social housing.

“We are delighted to be working with Countryside Partnerships on this important phase of the programme.

“North West Quarter has already successfully delivered nearly 40 high-quality new homes for existing South Kilburn residents. The next stage will see more than 150 new homes built, along with a range of brilliant new facilities for the local community.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the rest of this scheme take shape.”