The recent pandemic has highlighted the importance of physical and mental wellbeing as key to promoting a healthy and rewarding existence and improving productivity.
Decrepit roof that leaks frequently
No direct mains water supply
No heating or ventilation
No disabled access to the first floor
Basic changing facilities
The café is obsolete and due to be replaced in 2023
The heating and ventilation system is unreliable
Cause great disturbance to local residents through serious noise and light pollution
Established in 2011, The Black Prince Trust (BPT) is a Community Hub located in Kennington in Lambeth on part of the former Lillian Baylis School. The BPT strives to offer first-class sports, welfare and education facilities to the local community and schools and delivers a range of positive social impact measures defined in and measured under five Social Impact Strands. In conjunction with its partners, BPT offers free physical activity sessions for everyone aged 8-80 as well as a wide range of community programmes. The Hub is situated on 2.5 acres of land in the heart of the Ethelred Estate, home to almost 2,500 residents in one of the most deprived Boroughs in London.
These facilities, successfully run by BPT, are achieving exceptional results in improving the local community’s access to sport and educational opportunities, delivering on the better health and life skills agenda over many years. The Trust’s work is now under threat.
The potential delivery of social impact could, however, be significantly increased with new facilities. Such improvements would help BPT to provide better physical and mental health offerings, allowing local residents and neighbourhood groups to gain and develop vital skills needed both at work and in successful communities. Such services have never been more critical, particularly in the current context of increasingly pressured economic conditions and assist in recovering from the recent pandemic.
BPT are working with Westhill as its development partner for this exciting project. The team at Westhill bring a wealth of experience in working with local authorities and the private sector to successfully deliver estate regeneration and the delivery of high quality homes across all tenure types, both in the UK and internationally. Bringing an entrepreneurial mindset grounded in a mature attitude to risk, Westhill delivers quality building projects and has amassed a sizeable portfolio of assets. Westhill also played a key role in establishing one of the first ‘For Profit’ Registered Housing Providers that has delivered affordable homes for ex service personnel and emergency services key workers.