Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses have appointed architects Feilden Fowles to develop an extension to their greenhouse which will serve as a new multi-purpose learning and community space in Brockwell Park – The Barn @ Brockwell Greenhouses
The new space will enable more children’s activities, adult workshops and community events to take place at this already thriving community charity.
BPCG has raised £165k towards the cost of the extension but more will be needed for the whole project.
Feilden Fowles is an award-winning practice based at Waterloo Community Farm in Lambeth
There will be a community consultation about the proposals in May 2019
Kate Sebag, Director of BPCG said: “The Barn will enable us to provide creative and therapeutic learning and play opportunities to all in our community throughout the year. We have gone a long way with developing our outdoor garden spaces. Now Feilden Fowles will help us to create better indoor spaces so that even more people can benefit from our charity’s activities.
Fergus Feilden, Partner of Feilden Fowles said “We are delighted to have won this important commission and hope to enable BPCG to expand the amazing array of educational, volunteering and community projects they already undertake. Brockwell Park is one of London’s most special parks with this site situated at the heart of it and we’re excited to continue working in the borough. We are thrilled to have won the commission and look forward to working with the brilliant team at BPCG.”
Talking Points for the Brockwell Greenhouses Renovation and Extension
What is this Renovation and Extension?
The charity will renovate and extend the greenhouse towards the South East boundary creating new learning spaces, loos and storage. This is the Barn.
Why do you want to build The Barn?
Building the Barn will enable more people to benefit from the charity’s activities for more of the year by providing a sheltered, heated learning space.
Will there be more children’s nature-based activities? We will hold more sessions for children during term and holidays because we shall be less weather-dependent.
Will this Renovation and Extension help the charity be more sustainable?
Yes. Our improved facilities will mean we can increase our activities to generate income which will cover 60% of our core costs. Currently we cover only 40% of these.
Will I still be able to volunteer?
Yes, there will be even more volunteering opportunities than there are today including gardening, working with children and helping to run events and workshops.
Will it be beautiful? This Renovation and Extension is modest, nestled among the birch trees on our site. We expect it will be beautiful but not very visible from around the park.