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

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 August 2013

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


A ‘pop up’ town square offering a host of community festivals and events will be cycling into Cricklewood for a month.

Cricklewood town square schedule

Saturday 31 August - Friday 6 September: B&Q grass space, Cricklewood Lane, including Cricklewoof Dog Show on 31 August and a Signage Workshop on 1 September.

Saturday 7 September - Friday 13 September: Keyes Road mini-square, where Keyes Road meets Cricklewood Broadway, including Galtymore Memorial Dance on 8 September.

Saturday 14 September - Friday 20 September: Railway Terrace Steps, between Gratton Terrace and Cricklewood Broadway, including DIY Library on 15 September.

Saturday 21 September - Friday 27 September: Pavement outside Beacon Bingo, Cricklewood Broadway, including a Chess Tournament on 22 September and People Tend To Sit Where There Are Spaces To Sit: Public Space Conversations plus Film Show.

Saturday 28 September only: Raft Furniture Rooftop Car Park, Cricklewood Broadway, including Cricklewood Walk-In Cinema.

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

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

The square will take the form of a civic folly, housing everything necessary to create a bona fide town square, including benches, stools, clock tower, games and signage.

Organisers are inviting the community to participate in a programme of running from August 31 to September 28 which includes dog shows, chess championships, tea dances and debates.

Danny Maher, CIP Cricklewood Town Team Chair, said: “Cricklewood suffers greatly from a lack of space. 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 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 in Cricklewood, led by Gort Scott Architects.

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