Clarnico Quay: Temporary business hub planned for Olympic Park site
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A plan to turn an unused strip of land on the Olympic Park into a temporary quayside community is in the pipeline.
Clarnico Quay could be built opposite Hackney Wick, behind the Copper Box arena, if it gets the go-ahead after a 13-week consultation period.
Make Shift, an organisation that designs, builds and manages developments on sites where there are derelict buildings and barren plots of land, has submitted a planning application along with the land owners, East Wick and Sweetwater Projects, and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).
The idea is to use the land to boost employment, and nurture small businesses, creative workers and the wider community before and 2025 – when the land is scheduled to be used for housing.
The project began in March 2017 when LLDC and East Wick and Sweetwater commissioned Make Shift to conduct a research and design study to gauge the view of local people and develop proposals for how the land could be best used until that time.
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The vision is now to build a cluster of affordable workspaces for small businesses, artists and makers on the 6,110 square metre site.
Plans include 12 workshops for small manufacturing businesses, 22 studios for designers and artists, two event spaces and several retail units for food and drink businesses, with two restaurants, a pub, and a food hall.
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If planning permission is approved, construction will begin in August and the project will launch to the public in April 2019.
It will be run along the lines of Make Shift’s existing projects in Peckham and Brixton, whereby each “member” shares their skills to inspire and educate other local people, and donates a minimum of an hour a week to workshops, volunteering and events.
James Leay, managing director of Make Shift, said “Clarnico Quay has the potential to create a really meaningful impact in the area, and it’ll bring something entirely new to this part of London.”