An Enfield workshop is among the London businesses and community groups which will benefit from a £20 million fund aiming to tackle the shortage of affordable creative workspaces in the capital.
Building Bloqs, London’s largest open workshop, has received £1.35 million from the fund. It offers shared facilities for professional designers and small creative businesses on the site of the proposed £2.5 billion Meridian Water development, which is expected to provide 8,000 homes and 3,000 jobs over the next 20 years.
The funding will allow the workshop to be moved to a larger site, offering members more modern tools and workstations.
“With this far sighted support from the Greater London Authority, we will provide greater resources for more freelancers, small businesses and designers to find both a home and a springboard for innovation and growth for the future of our city," said Al Parra, co-founder of the workshop.
Following a successful bid to government in January 2015, the London Regeneration Fund was launched by the mayor through the London Enterprise Panel, the body working with boroughs and business on the regeneration, employment and skills agenda for the capital.
On 21 January, mayor Boris Johnson visited Building Bloqs on Anthony Way by the River Lea to launch the London Regeneration Fund.
“High streets and town centres the length and breadth of London are a hive of economic activity fuelled by creative minds,” said Johnson. “It’s important that we make sure they continue to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving city and the talented people who are key to its future success."
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