The Peepul Centre
The women of Belgrave Baheno are widely known as visionary leaders in the community regeneration, and the Peepul Centre Project is a natural evolution of their vision.
LOCATION : Leicester, UK
SERVICE : Development Management
VALUE : USD 50 million
SIZE : 20,000 m²
CLIENT : Belgrave Baheno
TYPE : Community / Government
Belgrave Baheno is a community-based organisation that has sustained steady growth over 25 years having over 5,000 women as members. In 2002, Belgrave Baheno aimed to address the needs of women and girls and, in particular, Asian women living primarily within the Belgrave area of Leicester.
Belgrave Baheno recognised that an overreliance on funding leads to short-term thinking, diffusion of strategic intent, and a dependency culture. The Peepul Centre model of community-led regeneration represents a crucial practical opportunity to break the ‘begging bowl’ cycle of passive grant receiving. The Peepul Centre was the first example in the United Kingdom of a community-led regeneration project, and the Government and European Union closely followed its progress through Kingston’s periodic reports.