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Fit Out for Inky Cuttlefish Studios

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Fit Out for Inky Cuttlefish Studios

Fit Out for Inky Cuttlefish Studios

Inky Cuttlefish Studios By Inky Cuttlefish Studios

Requesting funding to design, manufacture and install fitout of new premises. Inky Cuttlefish Studios is relocating from current premises on Blackhorse Lane into Gnome House community arts centre.

Walthamstow Idea stage

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Aim: To fit out the new printing workshops for Inky Cuttlefish

Build partition walls and cupboard storage beneath mezzanine for wash out area & material storage with lockable doors.
Build Darkroom
Bespoke workbenches & under bench lockable cupboards around all external walls.
Floor to ceiling bespoke shelving made from 22m birch plywood with sliding doors to create wall space when needed.
Fully installed.

Meeting with designer: December/January 2015
Plans drawn and signed off
20 days to manufacture: February 2015
5 days (4 labourers) to install: February 2015
Opening Party: March 2015 (match funded by Inky Cuttlefish Studios and Learning Disability Experience)

It's approximately 20 days labour to manufacture and 5 days of 4 people installing. Manufacture could potentially start in February with installation late February early March.

What we'll deliver:

  • Design, manufacture and install floor to ceiling shelves for storage
  • Design, manufacture and install a storeroom
  • Design, manufacture and install 'exhibition walls' over shelving
  • Design, manufacture and install workbenches along the walls of the space
  • Desing, manufacture and install a washout room for screenprinting (soundproofing)
  • Launch Party and Showcase Exhibition including local, national and international artists and community groups

Why it's a great idea:

Inky Cuttlefish Studios has been a tenant of the Waltham Forest Business Centre, 5 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow since 2007. The site that the studios are currently located is earmarked to be developed into residential and commercial properties, with work scheduled to begin in 2015. Blackhorse Lane will become a new 'Housing Zone', and is the largest regeneration site in the borough with over £200 million investment from developers..As part of the council's commitment to relocate existing tenants - and as a small creative business that operates within the community, a part of the lower ground floor of the new community arts centre has been offered to Inky Cuttlefish Studios in the building next door 7 Blackhorse Lane.The space that we are moving into will be an empty shell and we need to be operational from the moment we move in.Gnome House CIC has committed to pay to move the printmaking presses and equipment to the new premises and do very basic fit out.

Steps to get it done:

  • Book supplier and discuss timelines and outputs
  • Installation begins: February 2015
  • Major exhibition incl. international artists and community groups with Learning Disability Experience
  • Manufacture begins: January 2015
  • Inky Cuttlefish Studios moves into new space: late February 2015
  • Invite quotes from two local suppliers - in line with Council's procurement procedures
  • Work with Developer and Gnome House CIC to confirm timelines and access to the space for when work can begin

In funding Inky Cuttlefish Studios, the High Street Fund will be fulfilling the following objectives:
-Enterprise and business support, skills and employment and community by assisting businesses to overcome barriers to strong performance, attract further businesses to the area, improve residents' employment opportunities
-Transformational impacts to deliver a step change in long term direction of travel, decrease in deprivation, improvement in individual’s' life chances, change of use in space.
-Strategic influence and partnerships

Inky Cuttlefish Studios will be an important part of creating a vibrant, attractive new community centre that underpins the growth of Blackhorse Lane. In funding a fit out of the new space, the High Street Fund will be helping to nurture a local creative business that enhances civic life and ensure that they have the necessary facilities and capacity for real long-term change in Blackhorse Lane.

Location Walthamstow

About the space

Gnome House, Part Lower Ground Floor, 7 Blackhorse Lane,


London Borough of Waltham Forest

How will the money be spent?Total £33,563

Inky Cuttlefish Spring Showcase and Launch - £6,250 (19%)
Walls to Inky Cuttlefish area - £4,000 (12%)
Finishing and Decoration - £3,324 (10%)
Shelf Storage (Backing on to stair core) - £2,540 (8%)
Shelf Storage (Toward Blackhorse Lane) - £2,200 (7%)
Overheads - £2,167 (6%)
Building Darkroom - £1,990 (6%)
Wash‐out area/office - £1,720 (5%)
Workbench (backing on to cafe kitchen store) - £1,370 (4%)
Shelf Storage (Backing onto performance space) - £1,280 (4%)
Other - £6,722 (20%)

Costs Breakdown

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Inky Cuttlefish Spring Showcase and Launch
Walls to Inky Cuttlefish area
Finishing and Decoration
Shelf Storage (Backing on to stair core)
Shelf Storage (Toward Blackhorse Lane)
Building Darkroom
Wash‐out area/office
Workbench (backing on to cafe kitchen store)
Shelf Storage (Backing onto performance space)
Other Read More
  • Workbench (on mezzanine ‐ Opposite side to that shown)
  • Staircases (half flights)
  • Spacehive fees
  • Workbench (beside door to performance space)
  • Transaction Fees
  • Shelving/Racking Over Dark Room
  • Scaffolding
  • VAT

Total £33,563

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