Here's a date for the diaries of all our local Barnet and North London friends!

As part of London Festival of Architecture, The Barnet Vale Festival 2024 takes place between 11am and 4pm on Sunday 23rd June 2024 in Tudor Park Sports Ground, Barnet, and is a great example of Simon Kaufman Architect's work in action. As a trustee and vice-chair of the Friends of Tudor Park & Pavilion, a charity Simon Kaufman helped establish whilst working with the Barnet Society, we're supporting the restoration of this greatly loved local Barnet Park. Focusing on the restoration of a dilapidated and unused historic cricket pavilion which you can see on the festival poster, our intent is to transform it into an active new heart for the community of Barnet Vale. You can read more about the project HERE.

Due to our efforts, and a group of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers (!), The Friends group has recently been selected by Barnet Council as the 'preferred occupier' of the Pavilion and we're currently finalising the lease agreement with the Council Estates Team, which is a crucial step before we will be able to secure National Lottery funding for the restoration. This would be a landmark achievement for Tudor Park and the wider Barnet area.

By actively contributing and volunteering our time to these initiatives, Simon Kaufman Architects is working to ensure that our expertise benefits not just our clients, but our friends and neighbourhoods too. We're firm believers that well-designed spaces can foster a stronger sense of community, and we're committed to playing a major part in making that happen.

The Barnet Vale Festival will be bigger than ever this year with loads going on for all ages. It will feature stalls from local businesses and environmental groups, food and drink, sports and “have-a-go” activities like yoga and pilates, medieval sword fighting displays, games and children's activities, as well as music and performances from local artists, displays about the pavilion and park, plus speakers talking about architecture and environmental issues. The festival is free – so if you are in the area please come along and share in the fun with your family!

The Barnet Vale Festival 2024, 11am to 4pm, Sunday 23rd June 2024, in Tudor Park Sports Ground, Barnet.

You can find out more about the Friends of Tudor Park & Pavilion or get involved HERE