Church Street Urban Room was held as part of a process to develop a neighbourhood plan for the multicultural and deprived Church Street Ward in Westminster, London. It was hosted in a vacant shop unit on Church Street, a shopping and market street in the heart of the area, and hosted a full programme of engagement events, animated by a series of community activities and displays. In the seven week period this ‘part meeting place, part exhibition, part festival’ welcomed over 1000 visitors.
CSWNF invited submissions from ‘everyone who knows and loves the neighbourhood’ to suggest activities and uses for the Urban Room, under the banner ‘Create This Street’. The Urban Room featured exhibitions about local heritage, current issues and future plans alongside an ever-changing programme of workshops, performances and activities.
The Urban Room engaged more than 1000 visitors from a wide cross-section of the community. Over the seven weeks around 30 local organisations used the space to run activities and engage people in debate about the future of the local area.
Name: Church Street Urban Room
Location: Westminster, London
Run by: Church Street Ward Neighbourhood Forum
Commissioned by: Church Street Ward Neighbourhood Forum
When was the UR open: September - October 2015 (7 week period)
How was funded and resourced: The Church Street Urban Room was a partnership between the Church Street Ward Neighbourhood Forum (CSWNF), Westminster Council and numerous local community groups, charities, civic organisations and local businesses. CSWNF and key partners supplied the core team, supported by many volunteers from the local community. The Urban Room hosted a wide range of activities showcasing the enterprise and creativity of the local community. The space was free to use with the cost of the events covered by the groups and individuals who facilitated them. Voluntary donations were requested from those who could contribute to support the overall running of the UR.