We are very proud to announce the completion of our redevelopment project – and, in line with the transformation of the building itself, a new name for our community centre has been chosen – Holborn House.
The realisation of this project maintains a vital space for community activity in the heart of central London, updates the facilities and environmental footprint of the building and hugely increases the visibility and profile of the building, our organisation and, in turn, the wider community we work with.
Purpose-built in the 1950s for community use, Bedford House Community Centre, has been home to activities for young and old ever since. Over time the building’s condition had deteriorated. It wasn’t fit for purpose, access was limited and it’s visibility was limited. Overall the space didn’t feel as welcoming or as prestigious as the community deserved.
In 2021 space is revitalised. Our glass facade allows visibility through to the whole building making community activity visible to all, inviting people in to take part. Access has been improved with a new lift and accessible toilets and changing rooms in place. The building’s capacity has been increased with new spaces for arts activities and community groups with sporting facilities upgraded – a new floor, changing rooms and improvements to lighting and acoustics. Designed by Stirling Prize-nominated 6a architects,<> the building incorporates a specially commissioned public artwork – ‘Great Things Lie Ahead’ (2020) – by artist Caragh Thuring < which will be integrated throughout the building and across its entire façade.
Holborn House will be reopening in the summer of 2021 with a full programme of activities from September.
In total the cost for design and development through to completion of construction has been £3.4 million. HCA has been supported by a range of funders, who’ve helped financially but also with support throughout the process to them. Thanks to them and a huge thanks to people throughout the community who supported through time, effort or donations – particularly raising funds for the installation of the artwork.
Arper, Arts Council England, Camden Council, Camden Council Street Licensing, City Bridge Trust, Thomas Dane Gallery, GLA Good Growth Fund, Hargrave Foundation, HS2 Community and Environment Fund, Hobson Trust, Highways departments, Ize, Junckers, London Marathon Charitable Trust, Marshalls Stone, Little Greene, Power to Change, Sport England, 3 VB Charitable Trust and 29th May Charitable Trust. With thanks to the individual private donations from across the community and pledges to our