South Norwood Community Hub

Project categories: 
Town centre
Community development
London Borough of Croydon Council

To review and advise on the purpose and identity of 5 community buildings in South Norwood to help inform the future development of the emerging Community Hub network and associated building improvement works.

January – October 2020
Project Description: 

The concept for the South Norwood Community Hub emerged from the 2017 Community Economic Development Plan produced by the We Love SE25 South Norwood Town Team. This proposed a vision to create a ‘Community Hub’ to include a series of buildings and spaces, managed by and for the community. It is envisaged that the hub would respond to social, economic and environmental needs in the area. In 2019, capital funding was secured by Croydon Council from the GLA to deliver improvements to activate the 5 identified community buildings as part of the new hub.

In January 2020, The means were commissioned in partnership with Carver Haggard Architects to undertake a review of the 5 buildings and to develop a business plan with recommendations for each of the buildings, helping these to fulfil the needs of the local community whilst also providing financially viable solutions.

The means delivered a series of workshops with council and community partners and conducted a venue assessment to better understand each community organisation’s current and proposed business, financial model, long-term visions and to better understand spatial constraints and opportunities. The engagement and research phase informed our recommendations report and action plan that sets out a strategy for the future development of the hub.