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Creating an event space for Fitzrovia

Funded on Spacehive 21 October 2015

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Creating an event space for Fitzrovia

The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District By The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District

To create a flexible event space for performance and exhibitions in the heart of Fitzrovia for those who work, live and visit to enjoy. Support a pop-up green space & cafe to promote local businesses.

Fitzrovia Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 21 Oct 2015!

The aim of the project is to create a new event space that can be at the forefront of Fitzrovia's public realm improvements. We want to make use of a unique heritage feature at South Crescent, Store Street by temporarily turning it into a flexible space for all to enjoy. Our project will complement the Council's West End Project currently in progress and due to be delivered in 2017-18. The main scheme will focus on an improved consumer experience and will include design solutions to better integrate the events space into the wider high street offer, so that Fitzrovia can better retain potential footfall and dwell times and create additional spend.

The aim of the project is to create a performance area to host a range of activity such as a Christmas market (with revenue stream), music, film and poetry festival, and built environment & heritage celebrations, as at present, there is nowhere in the area to host such activity. A pop-up 'London in Bloom' garden will also be created.

What we'll deliver:

  • Consider use of planters and hanging baskets to improve local air quality issues on surrounding buildings
  • Hold a design competition for local design professionals to work with us to determine what the space will look like
  • Host a range of events and activities for people to enjoy and to create additional spend into the area
  • Install appropriate, attractive temporary street furniture (as required)
  • Install new lighting and electrical points to host a wider range of interactive event activity
  • Install new way-finding signage at Tottenham Court Road to encourage people to visit the space
  • Introduce a 'London in Bloom' pop-up garden and Sculpture Festival, to improve the green and cultural offer
  • When not being used, consider a pop-up garden and alfresco cafe (weather permitting) for people to enjoy
  • Create a marketing campaign between the BID and all stakeholders of the space to encourage new audiences to benefit
  • Create a platform event space that can be temporarily installed and put away into storage when not being used
  • Work with Camden Council to improve existing booking system for the space so that it can be fully utilised

Why it's a great idea:

This project will create public realm improvements complementary to the Council's West End Project and in the spirit of previous community consultation, with the BID and stakeholders 'pump-priming' to get an early start . It will improve the look and feel of Fitzrovia , provide a better 'sense of place', increase access within the area, create a feeling of creativity & innovation and enhance the local area’s character. Improvements to the space will facilitate their creative use (mini markets, festivals, art installations etc). The scheme will give support and promote local businesses located in Fitzrovia and will encourage support and participation of local traders and community groups. Improved amenity should increase the potential additional spend to the High Street via an attractive events schedule. If this bid is successful, there will finally be a bespoke event space for business and community events for the first time ever in Fitzrovia.

Steps to get it done:

  • Create a competition where local design professionals could outline what they think the space could look like
  • Fully investigate the 'platform', with materials, design, installation and storage considerations (when not being used)
  • Provide opportunity for local people and businesses to share ideas and feedback throughout the project
  • Seek contributions from freeholders and local businesses to maximise the grant and improvement potential
  • Create a panel to become a 'space management' team to select the best design for a performance/display space
  • Develop a maintenance schedule for the space, to involve input and funding by stakeholders of the panel
  • Work with Building Centre's approved contractors to install lighting and electrical points
  • Work with The Building Centre, NLA, and the Community Forum to develop a range of events and marketing opportunities
  • Work with the Council to design name signs and way-finding and commission these
  • Work with the Council to obtain an agreement in principle for us to undertake the work

This project has full Council support in terms of match funding, and assisting with the required approvals, as owner of the space. The Building Centre, one of the key stakeholders, has given support to the project and will commission a full design and consultation process as part of their in-kind match-funding, up to the value of £10,000. In turn the BID will match-fund this amount in cash. We want to complete our project in 2016 before the main WEP scheme starts. We will maintain public engagement and support of the major Scheme and reassure local people that change is coming. In terms of logistics doing the smaller project ahead of the major scheme will cause less disruption than doing it in tandem, doing the project after will lessen its impact and not give the High Street Funded project the recognition it deserves. This is the chance for Fitzrovia to get the events space that it deserves for all to enjoy. Team individuals have relevant professional, voluntary and grant experience.

Location Fitzrovia

About the space

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London Borough of Camden

How will the money be spent?Total £25,768

Calendar of events - £10,000 (39%)
Implement site changes to bespoke event space - £6,000 (23%)
Storage of Materials - £5,000 (19%)
Purchase and install Rola-Trac flooring at 100 sq m floor space =£18.95 + VAT per sq m - £2,274 (9%)
Launch event & PR - £500 (2%)
Design Competition - £500 (2%)
Other - £1,494 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Calendar of events
Implement site changes to bespoke event space
Storage of Materials
Purchase and install Rola-Trac flooring at 100 sq m floor space =£18.95 + VAT per sq m
Launch event & PR
Design Competition
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £25,768

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