Temporary workships, event spaces and restaurants planned for Olympic Park
PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 April 2018
Plans for temporary workshops, restaurants and event spaces in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been submitted.
The development, by Make Shift, is set to occupy the East Wick and Sweetwater sites in the west of the park for the next seven years.
The project began last year, when Make Shift was commissioned to develop proposals for how the land could best be used until 2025, when it is scheduled to be used for housing.
More than 300 people who live or work in the area responded to a study, with the findings used to inspire the design for the site.
The development will include 12 workshop units, 22 studios for designers and artists and two event spaces, as well as two restaurants, a pub and a food hall with 13 kiosks.
James Leay, the managing director of Make Shift, said: “We want to create a place for local independent businesses and creatives and give them opportunities to showcase their talents.
“Everyone that comes to the site, we want to employ local people, pay the London living wage and commit to our pledge to give one hour back a week.”
The project is set to support more than 240 jobs, with 20 per cent of the site’s spaces offered at reduced rates.
In addition, the two event spaces on the site would be offered for free hire to local groups at least 25pc of the time, and 10pc of the project’s profits will be used to create a community fund.
“We’re aiming for at least 75 per cent of businesses and creatives to be from the local area,” James said.
“We’re still working out exactly what that will mean, as it’s unusual in that it straddles four boroughs, but will be based on the distance from the site.”
He explained that at Make Shift’s other sites in Peckham and Brixton, that 75pc threshold was comfortably achieved.
“They’re exactly the same but completely different,” he said.
“They’re sites for local businesses, but they’re responsive to the needs of the community.”
The application process for spaces on the site will not be opened until planning permission is approved, but if all goes to plan, Clarnico Quay is set to open in April or May next year.
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