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Project Hive - Social Space in Leicester

Funded on Spacehive 20 January 2020

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

Project Hive - Social Space in Leicester

Western Ward Community Enterprise By Western Ward Community Enterprise

Project Hive will create a social space fit for the 21st century where everyone is valued and welcomed to engage in a spectrum of activities that encourage lifelong learning.

Leicester Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 20 Jan 2020!

This is a large scale project that consists of several phases. Phase one is to complete a feasibility study which will enable us to get the initial design phase up and running. We need to appoint a solicitor and connect with a quantity surveyor to work with our architect. To ensure the building has minimal impact on the environment and is sustainable in terms of running costs; our brief includes features such as solar panelling, grey water recovery and an air-source heat pump. Due to the developments location, there are essential surveys that must be completed, such as a tree survey, as there are many protected trees surrounding the building.

What we'll deliver:

  • Bring derelict land back into community use
  • Incorporate green features into the building to link to the ethos of the original Eco House
  • Support the reduction of anti-social behaviour in Western Park
  • Preserve and restore former community gardening space

Why it's a great idea:

If Project Hive is successful, it will safeguard versatile community space for generations to come that can evolve with the needs of the community. Creating this space will enable people of all ages to participate in a breadth of activities which encourage lifelong learning, increase community cohesion and reduce isolation. We plan to deliver amazing facilities which bring people of all backgrounds to come together through common interests, such as: musical facilities and recording studios, art/craft sessions, outdoor learning opportunities (den building, bush craft skills, gardening and outdoor art), inter-generational groups and schemes that promote biodiversity and Eco-friendly living. This really will be a place where everyone is welcome and their input is valued (whether it be in attending sessions, volunteering, or offering suggestions of sessions they would like to see available).

Steps to get it done:

  • Artist impression of the new building
  • Schematic plans and schedule of work
  • Project out for tender with contractors
  • Commencement of fundraising for Phase 2

We really want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who pledges whatever they can against our project to help us reach our target and get phase one off the ground! - For every £500 donation we will display a personalised paving stone - For every £100 donation we will display a personalised brick - For every £50 donation we will display a vinyl animal/insect within the building

Location Leicester

About the space

Former Eco House, Western Park


Leicester City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £26,053

Quantity Surveyor - £9,648 (37%)
Initial Design Stages 0-3 - £8,100 (31%)
Appointment of Lead Designer - £3,000 (12%)
Solicitor - £2,162 (8%)
Tree Survey - £1,500 (6%)
Other - £1,643 (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.

Quantity Surveyor
Initial Design Stages 0-3
Appointment of Lead Designer
Tree Survey
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • 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:

  • Building materials - bricks, insulation, fixtures and fitting
  • Gardening materials - plant beds, green houses, woodland trail, refurbishment of the pond

Total £26,053

Our Volunteer List

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