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Mobile public space transforms part of north London

Part of north west London which has no town hall, no library, no square and not even a single bench has been brought to life with a public space towed around on the back of a bike.

Mobile public space, on the back of a bike Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemakers

Spacemakers, which helps regenerate towns and cities created 'Cricklewood Town Square'. It is a mobile public space which roamed across the area reclaiming forgotten patches of land, and transforming them into civic spaces for everyone to use.

Mobile public space parks up in Cricklewood Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemakers

The square moved around Cricklewood on the back of a bicycle, establishing tiny, temporary pieces of common ground at various underused sites. They included a grass space next to B&Q, to an empty pavement outside a bingo hall, and even on a rooftop car park.

Patch of ground near B&Q, Cricklewood Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemakers

The project aims to show what public space can do for a community, and how even these scraps of land can be used to create a sense of place. It also aims to set a precedent, and help local people start asking a question: what sort of space do we want, and where could we find it?

The project has just drawn to a close, but these pictures show the impact it had around Cricklewood.

Crowds gather around the mobile space near B&Q Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemakers
The usual sights left some residents looking confused Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemakers
An empty-looking Keyes Road Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemakers
Keyes Road with the mobile square Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemakers
Square is pushed to its next location at Railway Terraces Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemakers
Crowds gather outside a bingo hall in front of the mobile square Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemakers
Cricklewood community gathers to play chess Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemakers
The Bingo Beacon hall in Cricklewood Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemaker
Crowds stop off after work to listen to a speech at the mobile square Credit: Theo Simpson/Spacemaker