Open Havelock is a meanwhile spaces project delivered by Peabody in partnership with Ealing Council with funding from the Mayor of London, Sport England and A2 Dominion.

In total 36 abandoned garages and 2,000sqm of associated undercrofts and green space on the Havelock estate has been transformed into social and delightful ‘meanwhile’ spaces that deliver tangible community benefits whilst the area is regenerated. 

The project provides opportunities for play, sport and recreation as well as providing workshop, studio and storage space to build the capacity of local enterprises and community groups. The project aims to establish and nurture partnerships and programmes that will become embedded in longer term strategies and designs for the neighbourhood. 

Open Havelock has been developed through extensive community engagement and is built on a sound understanding of local needs, issues and aspirations. It adopts an asset-based approach that maps and builds on community assets such as networks, skills, volunteering, entrepreneurship and facilities. The project is underpinned by feasibility study and is shaped by focussed live testing through which the proposed elements have already begun to materialise on site. 


  • Large multipurpose room and community kitchen available for one-off or regular hire
  • Toy libraries/play pods available for ongoing use, monthly charge 
  • Leisure/storage units available for ongoing use, monthly charge 
  • Workshop/storage units available for ongoing use, monthly charge 

Community facilities include access to gardens, changing rooms and accessible showers, WCs.