Everyone has heard of the Roundhouse – a Camden landmark, where many great musical acts have played over the years.
Inside, it has a distinctive shape, and gives everyone a good view of the performers and allows flexible fitout for different types of show, from circus performers, to rock bands, to theatre performances.
The Roundhouse was built in 1846 as a place for trains to be turned around, and the tracks can still be seen in the floor. The building was from a design by Robert Stephenson, son of George Stephenson (of “Stephenson’s ‘Rocket'” fame).
After only about 10 years the trains got too long, so it stopped being used as a turntable engine shed. In 1871 it started to be used by local wine & gin merchants W & A Gilbey as a warehouse (you can still buy Gilbey’s Gin – the distillery used to stand on the site of Gilbey’s Yard near Morrison’s supermarket).
A listed building is a building with historical or architectural importance. A building in a conservation area might not be listed in itself, but any works that could affect the character of that conservation area must be approved by planning.
If you live in a protected building, you have responsibilities that other people don’t have. Extra levels of permission are needed for things that other people don’t have to worry about. This can include what colours walls can be painted, or what improvement works can be done.
The exact limits depend on each building, and the reasons for the building being listed. Details for any listed building can be found here:
Camden Council, as the approving authority and as a freeholder, have a responsibility towards their own listed buildings. Any changes have to take into account the building’s historic features. Emergency works can be done, but should be the minimum required. Materials used have to be approved as suitable.
Just because the Council are doing work on one of their own buildings, it doesn’t mean they can do whatever they like.
We’re getting in touch from Camden Council because we’ve just opened a pop-up ‘think & do’ community space for climate and eco-action in Kentish Town. This is in response to the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation to do more to bring existing community groups together to work on tackling the climate crisis.
The aim of the pop-up is to give people in Camden the chance to take part in, run and grow activities that get people more involved in tackling the climate crisis. From clothes swaps to meals made from surplus veg, there are a variety of events coming up that we’d love you to attend.
Where is the community space and when is it open?
We’re the teal blue building at 315 Kentish Town Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5 2TJ (opposite the library). We’re open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 8pm now until 7th December.
What is happening at the pop-up?
The 6-week programme of events is being curated and led by Camden residents and community groups. See schedule for the first week below.
The Government is intending to leave the European Union. This WILL affect people with EU passports living in the UK (except Irish citizens).
The Government has set up a scheme to allow EU citizens to get “Settled Status” and be able to stay in the UK indefinitely.
In partnership with Citizens Advice Camden and Camden Community Law Centre, Camden Council are holding a FREE information session on Wednesday 23 October from 5pm to 8pm at Holborn library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8PA.