Our project is based on an innovative model of partnership and between local government, community groups and private business.
We will rent the building off Hackney council on a long term lease, paid for for through profits generated from the sales of food and drinks. This will then allow us to run a shared space model, with Clapton Commons community group, who will run useful community events and services during agreed times, creating community cohesion and helping to boost trade.
We have passed a number of key milestones, such as the design of the building with our architechs, the costing and fesibility report, sumitting our robust business plan to hackney council and winning funds and support to pay for most of the renovations. We now need to generate enough funds to cover the costs of stock and equipment, and finalise our marketing materials.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Located in Stamford Hill, a unique area with the borough of Hackney, which has undergone huge changes in terms of gentrification and an influx of a new wealthier demographics, but also experiences continuing deprivation and a lack of community cohesion, as many public resources are strained, particularly in terms of inclusive public spaces.
So when we became aware of the amount of buildings sitting empty for long periods (thats over 3000, in Hackney alone 1000 of which are publicly owned) we were left wondering why these aren’t being made more use of, when our community and many others in the capital are crying out for public spaces where people can come together, boosting social and civic engagement.
Our project will take a redundant space and bring it back into use in a model that benefits the whole community, local business and provides an income to local government as well as helping to meet their local objectives.
Steps to get it done:
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