Garages to workspace

What is the Garages to Workspace project?

We’re aiming to create affordable workspace from underused and redundant garages on estates – part of our plans to support the small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs that are a lar large part of Hackney’s local economy.

Following the coronavirus crisis, the need to support these businesses and ensure a fair recovery for local people and employers is greater than ever. We’re committed to providing affordable space for local businesses.

We also want these changes to benefit all residents. Creating a new use for the garages will reduce the antisocial behaviour that can occur in the empty garages.

What are the benefits for existing residents?

If you live in Hackney and you’ve got a business interest of your own, you may be able to use the new affordable workspace. There will also be employment opportunities with businesses operating in the new spaces, as they’re required to offer activities, such as homework clubs, digital skills workshops, business coaching, health and wellbeing classes and other social events.

The project will be funded by the Council and the costs will be repaid through the rental income from the new workspaces. The proposed refurbishments won’t lead to higher rents or maintenance costs for tenants or leaseholders.

Where’s it happening?

The project’s starting on two estates – York Row Estate in Haggerston and Frampton Park Estate (Exbury House) in Homerton.

We’ll then consider rolling it out to four other locations – Frampton Park (Scotney House), Haberdashers Estate (Ian Bowater Court), Blackstone Estate (Rochford Walk) and Morris Blitz Estate.

What’s happening now?

We’re currently developing designs for the first two sites, and we’ll be working with local residents at these sites to create detailed plans together.

Have your say

We want to work with residents as we develop these ideas so that the changes address antisocial behaviour on the estate, complement what’s already there, encourage uses residents want to see, and above all, provide workspace people who live on the estate are able to benefit from – for example if they run a business or work remotely.

You can keep up to date, find out more or submit your comments by contacting us at consultation@hackney.gov.uk.

Workshops

We are hosting initial workshops in June to consult with residents about this project:

Page updated on: 26 May 2021