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Carlton Vale Boulevard | Website Analytics
The Carlton Vale Boulevard website has achieved almost 6K visitors! 

The Carlton Vale Boulevard (CVB) website was set up by GMDA in collaboration with Brent Council as a consultation and engagement tool. The site goal was to provide an introduction and overview of the project, including history and South Kilburn / Masterplan context, acting as a record of consultation events. This allowed local residents in South Kilburn, stakeholders and interested parties to be involved in the development of the CVB project.

The website has been well used by local residents and has provided an invaluable tool for the design and client team to engage with the South Kilburn community. For each consultation event and co-design workshop, details of the event were added to the website, with flyers distributed to ensure residents and stakeholders were well informed of upcoming events. The following outlines some of the key data & website analytics for the site: 

· 5,900 visitors to the site since it went live in December 2020. 

· The majority of website visitors were from the UK, with a number of visitors from around the world. 

· 3,800 users engaged with the content through sharing the website or making comments.

· The home page was the most viewed page, 3,400 views. 

· User activity increased over the first 30 days, increasing throughout the consultation period, as the project developed. The consultation pages continue to be popular, providing a record of the design development. 

· Project News was the next most visited page. This page was regularly updated with new events and details of social value or consultation events. 

· Through the ‘Contact us’ page, the site provided contact details to allow comments and opinions to be shared directly with the CVB team. 

As the project developed the website has been updated with emerging design options, animations and Computer Generated (CGI) Images. Following each event, information boards and newsletters were uploaded to the site to record design development, FAQ’s and the key discussion points. Images of the final CVB design now feature on the Homepage. 

This outreach has greatly assisted the design development of the CVB project, keeping all parties informed of project updates and enabling greater engagement during all promoted activities. The website will continue to be live for the duration of the construction phase of the CVB project to keep residents informed of the project status. 

We would like to say THANK YOU to all that attended the consultations and engaged through the website! We are now looking forward to continuing our engagement with South Kilburn residents, with on-going feedback during the construction, delivery phase and completion of the Carlton Vale Boulevard project on site.


Carlton Vale Boulevard | Community Site-visit & Walk round.  26.11.21

On Thursday 18th November, GM Design Associates (GMDA) lead a group of South Kilburn residents on a community walk to look at design inspiration and relevant built schemes in London, to help inform the design of the Carlton Vale Boulevard (CVB) project.

The Carlton Vale Boulevard project aspires to transform Carlton Vale into an ecologically diverse, tree-lined avenue with re-imagined public spaces and improved transportation links. This important new green infrastructure project will be known as Carlton Vale Boulevard, defined as CVB.

To assist with the event GMDA partnered with South Kilburn Walking group, an established group lead by the South Kilburn Trust (SKT), who meet regularly on Thursday mornings.  15+ South Kilburn residents attended, with representatives of the local community, including Brent Cycling Campaign, with Brent Council officers and design team members present.

Following introductions and a brief overview at The Granville Centre GMDA lead the group along Carlton Vale, to give an opportunity to look at the existing site conditions, before taking the underground from Queens Park to Baker Street. From Baker Street, GMDA guided the party through Marylebone, The Regent’s Park, Bloomsbury and Tottenham Court Road towards Kings Cross. The key highlights included:

Baker Street: TfL bus shelter with Green & Biodiverse Roof.
Marylebone High Street: SuDS planting beds integrated into the streetscene with active shop frontages.
Regents Park, Royal College of Physicians: Richly planted beds outside the main building, with plants being named individually to offer education opportunities.
Fitzroy Square: Showcasing a ‘London Garden Square’ Typology and how these spaces can change and adapt over time.
Whitfield Gardens: A recently refurbished public garden area, next to Tottenham Court Road, with seating, planting and a community mural.
Torrington Place & Byng Place: Highlighting the new two-way segregated cycle tracks. Byng Place is a busy junction, connecting the University of London with Gordon Square, based on a ‘Shared Space’ typology, with small coffee kiosks and food stall activating the space.
Brunswick Centre / Brunswick Square Gardens: These two schemes showcased integrated art, tree planting and SuDS planting beds.
The walk provided an opportunity for the design team and Brent Council to have an open an informal dialogue to discuss design elements, which could be applied to the CVB project.

Lunch and refreshments were held at Whitfield Gardens, providing an opportunity to relax and enjoy the mild autumn afternoon. At the end of the event, each resident who attended was given a houseplant and a packet of Bee-friendly wildflower seeds.
The walkround was delivered by GMDA as part of the Social Value aspect of the CVB project. The Social Value agenda is a high priority for Brent Council, aiming to achieve objectives around social, economic and environmental sustainability bringing wider benefits for the local community.

The CVB project is currently at detailed design stage, following the concept design phase and consultation stage, which was completed in summer 2021. It is anticipated that the construction works will commence in Spring 2022 and will be complete by Summer 2023. We note these dates may be subject to change and any change will be communicated.

Brent Council and GMDA agreed that it was a very worthwhile and informative day out offering a good way to showcase what the Carlton Vale Boulevard project will bring to South Kilburn.

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