London Planning Award for SHEDx - Growing Ideas in Tolworth

SHED X team receiving planning award

The Community Brain, Kingston Council, the Greater London Authority, and Heritage Lottery Fund, have won a London Planning Award.

The team were presented with the ‘Community Engagement in the Planning Process' Award for their SHEDx project, based in Tolworth. 

The London Planning Awards are designed to celebrate and recognise outstanding planning practice and the sector’s role in keeping London the best place to live and work. SHEDx was shortlisted along with two other projects - Norwood Co-operative Local Investment Plan (submitted by U+I and London Fire Commissioner) and 8 Albert Embankment (submitted by London Borough of Lambeth, Hatch Regeneris and Kaizen Partnership).  

The SHEDx project is a community-led regeneration project designed to stimulate communities to re-imagine space, both urban and green, through opportunities to get involved in local projects and creative opportunities. The project encompasses green space improvements, a community-designed and managed cultural programme, as well as a programme of local engagement to inspire the community to see the value in forgotten or underutilised space. 

The Community Brain Community Interest Company has future plans to occupy a vacant premises along Tolworth Broadway for community use and for a Brazilian Carnival in Tolworth to celebrate the history of Corinthian Casuals FC. Importantly the project is designed to respond to the outcomes of community engagement which will be ongoing throughout its delivery.  

The Community Brain developed the concept for the project and partnered with Kingston Council in 2017 to secure funding through the Good Growth Fund, a £70 million regeneration programme to support growth and community development in London. The Good Growth Fund funds creative, inclusive projects that champion innovation, high-quality design and collaborative working. The Community Brain also secured funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund to deliver some SHEDx activities, which was awarded the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show Silver medal. A wide range of partners are now involved in the project including Kingston University, Kingston College, local businesses and communities.

Robin Hutchinson, Director of The Community Brain, said:

“This is wonderful recognition for the hundreds of people who have driven SHEDx on with their ideas, imagination and hard work in the first few months of the project. With their continued support and energy, amazing things are, and will, grow in Tolworth. We were thrilled to even be nominated, but to win against a strong shortlist is amazing."

A full SHEDx programme of events for 2019 is due to be published by The Community Brain soon - to keep up-to-date you can follow the project on the blog.