Activating Angel Alley

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Activating Angel Alley

Activating Angel Alley

Wayward By Wayward

We will activate the forgotten space of Angel Alley on Whitechapel High Street, creating a pocket park and green passage, with community exchanges that co-envision the future potential of the site.

Tower Hamlets Idea stage

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We will create an inviting new entrance to the alley from Whitechapel High Street, drawing passers-by into a transformed green passage and a beautiful new pocket park. This project will create an unlikely alliance of alley neighbours, including the Whitechapel Gallery and Providence Row -- capitalising on the mutually-supportive resources offered by each. Permanent place-making improvements will bring colour, considered materials, and lighting into the space — and furniture and planting built and cared for by Providence Row. The space will serve as a platform for community exchange, activated by a series of summer events. We will use these initial works to develop a wider plan linking Whitechapel High Street to Wentworth Street through Providence Row garden and to explore the potential of working with the landowners of the adjacent meanwhile space to link this passage to Brick Lane. Together, we will transform a hidden resource into an active and highly-utilised community space.

What we'll deliver:

  • Design a new, green entrance to the Alley, activating Whitechapel High Street.
  • Design a pocket park with furniture and planters, built and maintained in collaboration with Providence Row.
  • Design and install permanent improvements, including lighting and material changes to give it a sense of place.
  • Open discussions with the adjacent landowners in connecting Angel Alley to Brick Lane.
  • Organise a series of summer events in Angel Alley, to facilitate exchange and explore future potentials.
  • Build community partnerships between Whitechapel Gallery, Providence Row, Canon Barnett School, and Freedom Press.
  • Develop a wider strategy to create a green passage connecting Whitechapel High Street to Wentworth Street.

Why it's a great idea:

Angel Alley is on Whitechapel High Street in an area of tremendous change and regeneration. Located in Tower Hamlets, in the seventh most deprived area nationally, Angel Alley is a notoriously problematic and challenging space, with a history of prostitution, drugs and crime. The space, however, has great potential to not only physically link Whitechapel High Street to Wentworth Street through the gardens created by Providence Row, but to connect a group of amazing neighbours who have not yet had the opportunity to work together. The project will bring together Whitechapel Gallery with the homeless charity, Providence Row and the independent Freedom Press. Further, this route sits alongside a large plot of under-utilised land that connects Angel Alley to Brick Lane, with no plans for development. Wayward will use this opportunity to open a dialogue with the landowners to explore the potential of a productive meanwhile use and a future sustainable development.

Steps to get it done:

  • Providence Row are the recipients of donations for materials, supplies and other in-kind support.
  • Providence Row has a skill-building carpentry programme, facilitating the build of the furniture and planters.
  • Providence Row have a gardening apprenticeship programme to care for the green passage.
  • Whitechapel Gallery will offer support by communicating the project to wider London audiences.
  • Whitechapel Gallery will support the project and facilitate relationships through its strategic outreach team.
  • Wayward has a track record of building stakeholder relationships and working with community groups.
  • Wayward has successfully worked with Whitechapel Gallery previously in a schools engagement programme.
  • Wayward is an award-winning design team who have pioneered the transformation of underutilised meanwhile spaces.
  • Wayward runs large-scale community builds, teaching volunteers skills in carpentry and gardening.

Wayward is based locally in Whitechapel, and has built strong community links in the local area through past projects, working with schools, community groups, growing organisations, synagogues, Cass School of Art (across the street) and The East London Mosque (down the road from Angel Alley). There is a great potential to bring the wider community together through this project.

The events programme will activate the space, facilitating dialogue and community exchange and creating a platform to envision the future potential of the green passage and its potential connection to Brick Lane.

Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

Angel Alley off of Whitechapel High Street.


Tower Hamlets

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How will the money be spent?Total £27,379

Tiling, Lighting, Streetscaping - £7,250 (26%)
Street Furniture & Planters Build & Materials - £5,000 (18%)
Design of Angel Alley (Stages 0-6) - £2,500 (9%)
Frontage, Signage & Wayfinding - £2,500 (9%)
Engagement - Stakeholders & Community - £2,000 (7%)
Event planning - 4 cultural activation events - £2,000 (7%)
Masterplanning (Incorporating larger area & stakeholders) - £1,250 (5%)
Community Build Workshops - £1,000 (4%)
Event hosting - 4 cultural activation events - £1,000 (4%)
Plants and Trees - £500 (2%)
Other - £2,379 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Tiling, Lighting, Streetscaping
Street Furniture & Planters Build & Materials
Design of Angel Alley (Stages 0-6)
Frontage, Signage & Wayfinding
Engagement - Stakeholders & Community
Event planning - 4 cultural activation events
Masterplanning (Incorporating larger area & stakeholders)
Community Build Workshops
Event hosting - 4 cultural activation events
Plants and Trees
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £27,379

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