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Parkside Yards set to bring arts, creativity and nature to Southall’s The Green Quarter

With just a month to go before Berkeley Group’s Parkside Yards at The Green Quarter opens on 24 June 2023, more details of what else will be there including a community hub, tree nursery and woodland trail has been released.

Last month, EALING.NEWS spoke to Mandie White who has run OPEN Ealing for over a decade and will be one of the key anchor partners of Parkside Yards with Open Southall. The new community hub is aimed for creatives of all ages and experience to make and sell ceramics, screenprints, textiles and fashion.

The new OPEN Southall commitment to ceramics pays tribute to the Martin Brothers, famous for their Martinware ceramics. The four Martin brothers moved their studio from Fulham to Southall in 1877 and worked out of much larger premises in Havelock Road.

As well as a home for creatives, OPEN Southall will be used to stage events and showcase creativity.

In the run-up to its launch next month, Open Southall is looking to raise £23,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to purchase equipment for people to use for their creative projects.

Mandie Wilde, chief operating officer of OPEN said: “This is an exciting step forward for OPEN and provides local and affordable community studios for creatives wanting to develop their practise in ceramics and textiles. It’s also a great place for beginners to learn new skills.”

The Green Quarter developers, Berkeley Group, say that with Parkside Yards, it is creating: “a vibrant new hub, bringing communities together through an exciting arts programme, flexible working spaces, and an outdoor piazza at its heart offering opportunities to eat, meet, drink, shop and play against the backdrop of green surroundings.”

The Green Quarter development has been built on land that was once known as Southall Gasworks. Locals living near the area, previously marketed as Southall Waterside, have raised health concerns about the development of the brownfield land but the developer says it has been remediated.

Berkeley Group says of The Green Quarter: “is one of the biggest regeneration projects in West London that is transforming sites into a sustainable, unique and nature-rich place where communities thrive.”

The Green Quarter offers a range of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments and will also be releasing 3 bedroom townhouses.

Marcus Blake, managing director of Berkeley St George City said: “Parkside Yards will be a wonderful place for our residents, the wider local community and the environment. It is fantastic to have OPEN, a long-valued partner of Berkeley’s, involved and to link the future with Southall’s creative past.

When fully completed, nearly half of the 88-acre site on The Green Quarter will be open green space.

Mr Blake added: “Alongside creativity, Parkside Yards supports our sustainability goals – biodiversity is at the heart of The Green Quarter and this tree nursery and woodland trail is another way we’re promoting nature.”

Parkside Yards computer generated image
Parkside Yards computer generated image

As well as OPEN Southall, Parkside Yards will also include a cafe and stores as well as a woodland trail, tree nursery and children’s play area.

There will also be an on-site tree nursery said to be one of the first on a UK development that will start with over 600 air-potted trees with more planned. The woodland nature trail for children will run through the green space and feature carved wooden animal statues.

Berkeley Group also revealed that while the majority of trees being grown in the Parkside Yards nursery will be planted at The Green Quarter, the trees will also be used at other Berkeley developments across London.

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