Local heroes to be celebrated at major regeneration scheme in Kilburn

Portraits of some of Kilburn’s best-loved local heroes have been carefully painted and displayed on the hoarding of North West Quarter, a major new regeneration scheme in Kilburn by awarding-winning developer, Countryside. The hoarding, which surrounds the site, has now been unveiled and can be viewed by the public.

In a move to celebrate the people and heritage of the area, Granville Community Kitchen, which is located in The Granville , commissioned local artist, Nur Hannah Wan, to paint portraits of the heroes chosen by the South Kilburn community.

Local residents and groups nominated four women who the community felt should be honoured for the significant support and time they have dedicated to the welfare of residents.

The unveiling of the artwork was marked by the cutting of a ribbon with community champions - Linda Elizabeth Charles and Dolors Villa Farres; Maha Rahwanji, K2K Radio operations manager; Bena Raithatha, community pioneer and Mia Roussos; Assosiate Sales and Marketing Director and Dan Kelly; Construction Director from North London, Countryside. 

The project is the beginning of a long-term partnership between Countryside and Granville Community Kitchen, as they look to work together to support the South Kilburn community in the coming years. 

Daniel Layton, Managing Director, North London, Countryside, said: “This is an incredible initiative and we’re honoured to have these local heroes displayed on our hoarding. By supporting this project, we’re able to develop a meaningful and positive relationship with the community. We are dedicated to celebrating the rich heritage of Kilburn and the positive community championship. I’m excited to see how our support will help Granville Community Kitchen develop and engage as many residents as possible.”

Leslie Barson said: "The project has been wonderful to organise, involving our local community and meeting important member of the community The mural itself is better than anything we dreamt of and is a continuing reminder through the building work that there is important community history in South Kilburn that we must recognise and celebrate!"

North West Quarter, Countryside’s major regeneration scheme in Kilburn, north-west London, has recently completed the first phase of the scheme.  previously known as Peel, the phase will include 38 homes for social rent owned by leading housing association, Home Group, and will soon become home to residents of the local estate. 

Construction work has now started on phases two and three, which includes a further 68 affordable homes, 96 private homes, a new medical centre, affordable workspace, gym and local shops. These two phases will also include a public plaza which will sit at the heart of the development and South Kilburn community. The first of this latest collection of homes and amenities are anticipated to complete in Autumn 2023.

The new scheme is located within walking distance of the bustling Carlton Vale area and is a short walk from both Queen’s Park and Kilburn Park train stations on the Bakerloo line, boasting excellent links to central London. 

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Rahwanji- K2K Radio Operations Manager
Bena Raithatha - Community Pioneer
Dolors Villa Farres - Community Activist
Linda Elizabeth Charles - Community Activist