Wembley seeks projects for public performance space

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Brent Council is launching a national competition calling for proposals on how to best use a new community space in Wembley.

Make Your Idea Happen Here! is seeking ideas for how to make use of Pop-Down Square, near Wembley Stadium in north-west London, which is described as “part public square, part flexible covered space”.

The council said it could be used for dance and performances and the winner would have rent-free access for up to five years.

Speaking to The Stage, project delivery manager Alison Minto said Pop-Down Square was innovative and could lend itself to a variety of arts and community projects.

“We don’t want to limit people’s aspirations of what it could be. We’re looking for people to see how they could make it work for their organisation,” she said.

Minto added that offering the space rent-free would benefit the occupants and could help regenerate the area. She said: “It’s a way of accessing traditionally locked land to the benefit of the local community now, rather than it being inaccessible until large sums of money are ready.”

The space, which could be open by August, also hopes to attract projects from organisations across the nation.

Pop-Down Square was designed by students from the Royal College of Art’s School of Architecture, who beat 11 other competitors in a contest to design the space.

The deadline for applications to Make Your Idea Happen Here! is March 29.

See www.brent.gov.uk/home.nsf/news/LBB-1849.