Brixton Works is an ambitious project about the future of affordable workspace in Brixton.
Across London, affordability and accessibility of space for startups, small and growing businesses are under increasing pressure as landlords raise prices or convert workspace into housing. But it is crucial that Brixton will continue to offer a diverse range of affordable spaces to enterprising local people.
Lambeth Council will invest directly and develop partnerships with others to make sure that Brixton Works achieves this vision. The Council has committed to invest a minimum of 500m2 space and £200,000 to support the development of Brixton Works.
The aim of Brixton Works is to be financially self-sustaining and not to make large profits. It is a project driven by a strong mission, and profits would be re-invested into this mission: to support an inclusive local economy full of opportunities for enterprising local people. Lambeth Council has commissioned a feasibility study to explore a sustainable financial model and appropriate governance approach to make this happen.
The feasibility study will be led by three mission-driven organisations: Architecture 00, an architecture and design practice that has co-invested in a range of workspaces and not-for-profits; Camden Collective, a charity creating affordable workspace in Camden; and Impact Hub Brixton CIC, a local collaborative workspace. The study will be an open process looking for input from a wide range of local people – more on that here.
GET IN TOUCH
We’d love to hear from people interested in the development of Brixton Works. Get in touch with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment on this site and/or attend one of our open conversations in February and March 2016 – see dates and details HERE.