Wworkspaces, design studios and food hall to come to the Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 19:00 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:21 27 July 2018

An artist's impression of

An artist's impression of "Clarnico Quay"


A temporary work and event space which will create 240 jobs and boost local businesses was granted planning permission last week.

CGI of Clarnico Quay Picture: Make ShiftCGI of Clarnico Quay Picture: Make Shift

Clarnico Quay, near Hackney Wick station at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will include 12 workshop units for small businesses, 22 studios for artists, two event spaces and a food hall.

Work began in March 2017, when the London Legacy Development Corporation, which manages the park, commissioned Make Shift, a company which repurposes underused urban spaces, to develop a proposal for how the land should be used.

The project will only remain until 2025, however, as it’s due to be turned into housing.

James Leay, Make Shift’s managing director, said: “We’re thrilled to receive the planning consent for Clarnico Quay and take the next step in bringing this exciting new project to life.

CGI of Clarnico Quay Picture: Make ShiftCGI of Clarnico Quay Picture: Make Shift

“Clarnico Quay brings something completely different to this area of London, and we’re excited to continue engaging with the local community in the coming months to shape the project and make sure it creates real impact for local people and businesses.”

Make Shift conducted a survey of 300 people via workshops, events and focus groups to find out what local people wanted from the space.

The site is part of housing developments East Wick and Sweetwater and will be community focused, with 70 per cent of the workspaces earmarked for local people, and 20pc of the studios offered at reduced rates for social enterprises.

The two event spaces will be given to local groups, for free, for a quarter of the year, and 10pc of the project’s profits will go towards a community fund.

Lyn Garner, chief executive of LLDC, said: “Hackney Wick is one of London’s most-loved creative areas, home to hundreds of artists and creative businesses.

“The Clarnico Quay scheme provides exactly the kind of environment needed to support local business while ensuring the area’s heritage of making and production continues as new development comes forward.”

Make Shift is known for developing abandoned spaces in the city – its previous projects include Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels.

Work on Clarnico Quay is expected to start in September, with the first phase being opened in September 2019.

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