Sunday, 18 October 2020

Photographic catch-up with Wembley Park regeneration


I was interested to see the above Tweet this morning as I too had a walk round Wembley Park yesterday to catch up on the progress of the regeneration.  I don't know how many of the tower blocks have cladding issues but I am sure there are matters around service charges, repair charges, leasehold and shared housing that are yet to emerge.

Here are a few pictures taken yesterday giving a general impression. Note that works to join up North End Road with Bridge Road are progressing and the stairs and ramp next to Michaela School,  that led to both Olympic Way and North End Road, are now closed. There is a long detour for Michaela students and North End Road residents in place.

The offices at York House are being converted to accommodation. The Somerville Ark Primary School will be built on the present car park
More student accommodation - hard to say whether it will be needed in the medium future


Anonymous said...

Most of these buildings are half empty due to being completely unaffordable and now Quintain want to double the height of the previously agreed buildings in the Yellow Car Park further reducing the views of the Stadium and overshadowing the new "park".

Anonymous said...

looks like high rise hell to me!!!

Trevor Ellis said...

The term ''regeneration'' hasn't resulted in the kind change of change that people like me who lived on Chalk hill estate during the decade leading to its complete demolition in 2000,
as promised by Brent council.
I naturally hoped for something better after enduring years of poor living conditions and deliberate deprivation on that awful estate owned by Brent council.

The new Chalk hill estate, under the new management of MTVH (Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing) as an example of ''regeneration'' in Brent, in my opinion, isn't a ''regeneration'' but rather the same poor quality social housing provided by the local authority that one became accustomed to during the 1980s.
Chalk hill estate (part two) is managed by a housing association with a reputation for being negligent concerning repairs.
Take a look at and type in MTVH and you'll find a long list of complaints from long suffering tenants about their experience of living in flats and houses provided by the landlord.
I can verify that the complaints are credible, having lived in a flat in which work was incomplete when I moved in and remains so 19 years on.
This flat also lacks acoustic noise insulation, as did the two flats I lived in on the previous council owned estate.
The fittings fell apart within a short period of time because they were cheap and lacking in quality, as was the case on the old estate.
Residents openly sell and consume drugs without any care or accountability, as some did in the past.

Shopping trolleys from the local Asda superstore are often found strewn throughout the estate.
Grass verges, garden soil areas, pavements and even roads, serve as make shift dustbins
for all kinds of litter, including household furniture.

How could that be allowed to become standard within a so called ''regenerated'' estate?

I'll tell you why, it's because the local authority is just as negligent and incompetent as it was in the decades prior to the so called regeneration in 1997.
When that is allowed to become the norm,
you can be sure that sooner or later, the estate you live on, will become like most council and housing association estates in the capital,
a living nightmare

It's all very well, having big showy high rise estates built throughout Wembley park,
but how many of them, (as said by Anonymous) are ''affordable?''
It's almost certain that those flats will go to the people that are able to afford the rent.
People like, are relegated to estates like Chalk hill, in which everything is 3rd rate
in spite of the talk about ''regeneration'' from Brent council.

Bitter, disillusioned, fed up?
You bet I am !!! even though Brent council were saying ''we're listening'' prior to going ahead with their regeneration plan.
Believing them with reference to social housing invariably leads to disappointment and endless frustration.

Simrann Chawla said...

Hi, my name is Simrann! I was hoping you could take a look at my questionnaire in regards to my NEA coursework on the regeneration of Wembley Park (which counts for 20% of my A level). Normally i would've carried it out in person, but due to the current circumstances i am unable to, so this questionnaires is pivotal to my coursework. I would be more than grateful if you could post this on your website and spend a couple minutes answering the questions linked below. My coursework is on the extent to which the regeneration scheme is successful and the different perceptions it has.
Many thanks.