The Power of Norwood High Street
Type: Digital month-long consultation
Client: London Festival of Architecture
Status: June 2020
Pilot project: A Co-working space
Collaboration: Station to Station, the West Norwood & Tulse Hill Business Improvement District
Publication: High Street Task Force
What types of programmes and new functions can we encourage on Norwood High Street that would promote different, relevant, adaptable and flexible new spaces along its length? What can we do about the existing empty high street shops? Is there a use other than commerce? Or do we focus on the street? If we explore landscape tactics to change the street will the buildings and shops naturally follow?
Open Discussion on Temporary Strategies
What did we do?
Alex Talbot is a lifelong Lambeth resident whose been a long time campaigner for better housing conditions in the borough. After time spent working in homeless, he made the transition to Local government and now works in the regeneration division at the London Borough of Croydon. Outside of work Alex volunteers for Christchurch CLT, a Community Land Trust attempting to deliver around 30 permanently affordable homes in Brixton Hill, as well as with Norwood Neighbourhood Planning Assembly.
In this open discussion, Alex explained why vacant premises are a problem for local communities and local authorities; how meanwhile spaces bring benefits to local authorities and what the challenges are. He identified the amazing opportunity or ‘Ovarian Window’ that we have in West Norwood. In this discussion, Alex set the tone for how grassroots groups can help local authorities fund and deliver meanwhile strategies that will revitalise empty and vacant high street spaces.