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The Farm Café and Workshops

Funded on Spacehive 17 December 2018

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The Farm Café and Workshops

Clitterhouse Farm Project By Clitterhouse Farm Project

Construction of a new expanded community café and three workshop spaces - transforming a portion of Clitterhouse farm outbuildings back into productive use for the community and local enterprise.

Barnet Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 17 Dec 2018!

Our application for planning permission is being considered. In the unlikely event that this is not secured, no money will be taken from backers. Our volunteer-run community café is no longer fit for purpose. We are crowdfunding the money we need to demolish and rebuild a much larger multi-use space. This will provide a valuable indoor facility & play a central role in our ability to connect with & work alongside our community, to host events, meetings & workshops throughout the year. Our cafe will be a valuable social hub to build a broader base of community support for the wider project. Alongside the cafe expansion, we plan to refurbish a portion of the barns to create 3 workshop spaces for rent by local enterprise. The workshops will also be used to run classes & workshops – giving creative professionals an affordable space, an opportunity to learn new skills, develop their business & to benefit our local community.

What we'll deliver:

  • An upgraded and enlarged community cafe
  • Buy & install the catering equipment we need
  • Three multi-use workshop spaces for local enterprise

Why it's a great idea:

The Farm sits within the major Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration. The development has been in the pipeline for many years but has yet to break ground. Years of delays have caused widespread regeneration blight & there has been little to no investment in local infrastructure or community facilities. Our project currently provides a much-needed positive focal point for our community & will continue to so during and after the regeneration. Our community engagement to date shows a high demand for informal meeting places & affordable shared workshops, workspaces & offices. Our volunteer-run cafe has successfully filled some of this demand but we need a bigger space & improved facilities to make a bigger positive impact. A growing & increasingly diverse local community is eager to access such a space - where they can meet & connect, share stories, build relationships, learn new skills & create the community fabric that will build long term resilience in a time of great local change.

Steps to get it done:

  • Ongoing: community engagement
  • Autumn 2018: Planning permission granted
  • Winter 2018: Existing cafe space demolished and site cleared
  • Spring 2019: Cafe workspace built
  • Spring 2018: Workshops stripped and cleaned
  • Spring 2019: Workshops fitted out
  • Summer 2019: Workshops rented
  • Summer 2019: Cafe opened

We plan to give people the chance to get involved in the construction process as much as possible, providing opportunities to learn new skills & to develop a sense of collective pride.

Location Barnet

About the space

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London Borough of Barnet

How will the money be spent?Total £97,783

Fees for builders - £45,000 (46%)
Build materials - £25,000 (26%)
VAT - £14,000 (14%)
Contingency - £7,000 (7%)
Architectural drawings - £4,000 (4%)
Other - £2,783 (3%)

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.

Fees for builders
Build materials
Architectural drawings
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


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:

  • If we had extra funding available we would use it to buy more catering equipment to boost the financial capacity of the cafe.

Total £97,783

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Tools and equipment loans/discounted hire would be very welcome as another way to support the project.
  • Timber frame materials: Structural timber posts and beams, timber joists/battens
  • Roof materials: Roofing tiles or other materials, rainwater piping/gutters
  • Windows, doors and skylights
  • Concrete and screed materials
  • Fit-out: Paint, wood board, sanitary appliances (washbasin/WC), kitchen sink/fridge
  • Event managers interested in helping run fundraisers and community engagement events throughout the crowdfunding process
  • Anyone enthusiastic and wanting to help in any capacity is welcome – just drop us a line – we’d love to hear from you!
  • Once the cafe is complete we will need further cafe equipment such as; panini press, juicer, blender, grinder, new coffee machine

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