Community-led work homes for creatives.

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Community-led work homes for creatives.

Community-led work homes for creatives.

ECOmodulor CIC By ECOmodulor CIC

We provide guidance, facilitation, trade advice and actual design/build retrofit support for group self build community led housing. We are part of a wider ‘cultural creatives’ community locally.

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Our key objective is to help socially and financially disadvantaged ‘cultural creatives’ to create their own living and work homes. The project delivers community advice on membership building, R&D for regenerative sustainable community led housing, surveys, planning and consultancy for architectural design. We also provide trades people and up skilling for a co-operative membership that wants to co-create a design/build for existing unused empty spaces/housing. Members, volunteers, employees, directors and sub-contractors are community accountable. This will enable more community cohesion and co-ownership and self-reliance. The actual retrofit build will be restorative ( net positive ) and will revitalise the neighbourhood pro-actively. With the help of some match funding and grants but predominantly a mortgage, the co-operatively led membership will invest in its own members and its community interest company to acquire a building and finance the conversion into work homes.

What we'll deliver:

  • Membership Meetings, room hire
  • Travel costs to existing community led housing associations
  • Top-notch website
  • Planning, surveys and first architectural advice
  • A fully researched and working business plan that describes our to project

Why it's a great idea:

The ‘cultural creatives’ community in Newcastle has been struggling since austerity cuts and studios are expensive. It is not easy for financially disadvantaged members of our wider community to rent a studio and living space together. Our solution is to facilitate the group self build retrofit of empty spaces for the purpose of living and working in the same building with workshop spaces and the chance to professionally collaborate with each other. A co-operative membership will be up skilled and learn to apply them becoming more self-reliant. Net positive Regenerative/restorative design/build means the retrofit will generate income through the use of renewable energies , i.e. solar cells. We will replant trees in the same amount of wood we use and add to the natural environment rather than just exploiting it. An ecological mortgage/loan will allow for co-ownership within 20 years. We intend to replicate a similar working model to that of Star and Shadow Co-operative.

Steps to get it done:

  • Completed business plan

Regenerative sustainable projects like this enable members to pro-actively be part of the solution to larger problems we are faced with in today’s society. Climate emergency and what we can do as a group to alleviate the carbon problem. The other, integrally built affordable housing and professional work spaces for those ‘creatives’ with the motivation to co-create social venture businesses that change the world for the better. If successful this model could be replicated further by members for future community-led developments.


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Newcastle City Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £7,087

Facilitation offered through ECOmodulor CIC - £2,500 (35%)
Training at the CAT for straw bale building - £1,200 (17%)
Consultation - £1,000 (14%)
Training for building with timber frames - £900 (13%)
Extra Architectural drawing - £500 (7%)
Self-build Project Management Training 2-day - £230 (3%)
Travel costs : National Express - £170 (2%)
Other - £587 (8%)

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Facilitation offered through ECOmodulor CIC
Training at the CAT for straw bale building
Training for building with timber frames
Extra Architectural drawing
Self-build Project Management Training 2-day
Travel costs : National Express
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  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Trainings for more members
  • One for self-build management
  • Accountancy and Admin up skilling

Total £7,087

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