‘Pop up’ town square will cycle into Cricklewood today for a month

A roaming town square will be in Cricklewood from August 31 to September 28

A roaming town square will be in Cricklewood from August 31 to September 28 - Credit: Archant

A “pop up” town square offering a host of festivals and events for a month will be rolling into Cricklewood today.

Designed and built by Studio Kieren Jones, the mobile town square will emerge in a series of spaces on the back of a rickshaw bicycle.

Areas include an unloved grass patch next to B&Q, an empty pavement outside Beacon bingo hall and a rooftop car park.

The square will take the form of a civic folly, housing everything necessary to create a real town square, including benches, stools, clocktower, games and signs.

Organisers want residents to join the programme which will run until September 28.

Activities and events includes dog shows, chess championships, tea dances and debates.

Danny Maher, CIP Cricklewood Town team chairman, said: “Cricklewood suffers greatly from a lack of space.

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“Although the community here is thriving and diverse, there’s nowhere for people to meet and express that community spirit. This project will help people to see how useful it would be to have a physical focal point for our community, and to experiment with how to make that happen. On top of this, it would be nice to have a place to sit down, too.”

The project is funded by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, as part of a set of interventions led by Gort Scott Architects.

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