Car park to cafe bar: how the Really Local Group is renewing the UK’s derelict spaces

Preston Benson is transforming defunct nightclubs, shopping malls and factories into thriving community centres

“This is really exciting,” says Ealing resident Alafair Celestine as she surveys a shopfront just off the local high street where the black-painted boarded-up windows of the former Karma Club don’t immediately appear to justify her comments.

Celestine is an impromptu late addition to a tour of a project that is revamping the redundant space under Ealing Broadway shopping centre that once marketed itself as “west London’s hottest nightclub”.

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