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New Creative Space Opens in Walthamstow

An exciting new Creative Space has opened in Central Parade, Walthamstow, providing space for up to 50 independent creative businesses to develop and showcase their work.


The Creative Hub will also have a café/bakery on site, along with flexible event and exhibition space which will be available for use by the wider community.


The scheme has been made possible thanks to funding from the GLA, utilising a prominent local building owned by Waltham Forest Council, located just minutes away from Walthamstow Central station.


The project is being managed by Meanwhile Space, a community interest company that specialises in transforming vacant space for the benefit of local communities.


The building, which was previously used as a customer service centre by the Council, has undergone a major refurbishment, transforming it into a modern and accessible Creative Space where local creative businesses can grow and collaborate. It will be home to an ‘indoor mall’ of 50 independent creative businesses, with a range of different spaces available to rent, including retail units, studio areas and desk spaces.


There will also be a series of smaller ‘maker’ shops which will be available for people who want to trial a new product or service, for a period of up to six months.


Creative businesses that will be taking residence at the Hub from opening include a music producer, art director, photographer, digital consultant, bridal gown designer and a massage and well-being specialist.


Cllr Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets said: “Waltham Forest is London’s fastest growing hotspot for culture and creativity, so it is ideal for us to be able to use this building to provide more space for local creative businesses to grow and thrive. This project goes hand in hand with our other ambitions for the regeneration of Walthamstow Town Centre, which include the new Creative Industries Zone in Blackhorse Lane, the redevelopment of St James Street and the Blackhorse Lane Housing Zone.”


Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries said: “Projects such as Central Parade are essential to safeguarding London’s creative community, both in Walthamstow and across the city more broadly. These important initiatives are critical to retaining a diversity of affordable and inclusive workspaces and complementary uses which are vital to the creative industries, traders and local community. We wish the very best of luck to Central Parade and to the 50 plus new businesses and traders who will be supported through this initiative.”


Yoana Tulumbadzhieva, Meanwhile Space Project Co-ordinator said: “Working with Waltham Forest Council and the GLA we have been able to design and realise a fantastic mixture of spaces that cater for businesses at various stages in their development. From test space in the incubators all the way up to high street retail, each space has been devised to give its tenant the operational framework they need to grow. Homeworkers will have their first public facing space, new businesses will be able to do market testing and more established business can take on new staff. The public space means there are opportunities for all to benefit from tenants activities or be inspired to plan and deliver their own.“


The Central Parade building has been identified for long-term redevelopment by the Council due to its key location in Walthamstow Town Centre. The Creative Hub will be housed in the building for a minimum period of two years, and the Council has an ambition to replicate this model elsewhere in the borough.


For more information about the spaces available to rent and details on how to apply visit www.centralparade.com. You can also follow on Twitter - @C_Parade_E17.


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