The Library at Willesden Green opens
The Library at Willesden Green celebrated its official opening to the public for the first time following a redevelopment project.
Located at the intersection of the High Road and Brondesbury Park in Willesden Green, north-west London, this new cultural landmark incorporates a much-loved Victorian library building and responds to the rich urban context of the local Conservation Area. The new cultural and educational hub houses a library, cafe, training, arts and community function spaces, as well as the Brent Archive and Brent Museum.
The scheme is completed by significant new public realm designed by Gillespies. A south-facing pedestrian open space - linking Grange Road and Brondesbury Park road and providing an interface with the new residential buildings - creates a new local square for both the existing and new residential communities. This space is flexible enough to host a variety of outdoor events and offers new bespoke seating and children's play facilities.
The design of the public realm places emphasis on intuitive movement across the square and around the active frontages, linking the cultural hub to the new residential development.