Hackney Wick is a vibrant and distinctive part of London with a long and rich history and has a world-class reputation for encompassing a creative quarter, which is now home to some 250 artist studios and around 100 creative businesses.
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Whilst Hackney Wick has grown in popularity since the 2012 London Olympics, it is susceptible to change, which is a familiar story across the borough. Whilst we cannot control all change, we are committed to ensuring that regeneration and development benefit local businesses and residents.
We will intervene proactively to build a fairer, greener and more inclusive economy for Hackney Wick, that everyone can feel part of. We are doing this, in collaboration with partners, by putting planning rules in place to control what development can happen and ensure that genuinely affordable workspace for existing small businesses is provided in new buildings.
We have also refurbished some of our own Council buildings to provide temporary affordable workspace, ensuring that small businesses being relocated due to redevelopment can remain in the area until new buildings are completed.
Wick Workspaces seeks to utilise Council assets to deliver affordable community and workspace for local at-risk businesses and community groups to use at reduced rates in response to what the people and businesses of Hackney Wick have told us they need.
In addition to transforming our own buildings into affordable work and community spaces, the Wick workspaces project will provide new sports, culture and training opportunities for local people.
In collaboration with local workspace operators, we will redevelop the Old Baths and Depot site and the nearby Trowbridge Centre to offer a range of services, amenities and opportunities for residents and businesses.
This will include:
- business premises
- work and training opportunities
- sports facilities
- music and arts
- food growing and horticulture
- community events
The Old Baths is a community facility owned by the Council and will provide much-needed studio and workspace for businesses, creative organisations, and community organisations with priority going to existing businesses being evicted due to new development in the area.
Other benefits include:
- a new multi-use games area and youth sports hub for young people, providing sports, fitness and learning activities
- community services and activities
- a music recording studio
- a wood machine cutting facility
- regular workshops, community activities, events and training to aid social cohesion
- jobs, apprenticeships and work placements provided by Stour Space and their tenants
Community use of the facilities within the Old Baths and the Depot
The renovated Depot building will provide a new base for various Voluntary and Community Sector organisations that deliver services around the borough, including Hackney Playbus, Hackney Play Association and Eco-active. With additional external funding, a container development was added to the yard, thus further expanding the space to VCS and other social enterprises.
Another key development has been establishing a new multi-use games area (MUGA), with exciting sports, fitness and educational programmes.
To maximise use of the MUGA, the Area Regeneration team has worked closely with local community groups and colleagues from Young Hackney and proposed to build a purpose-built classroom facility attached to the MUGA.
This will enable Young Hackney to expand the current borough-wide sports offer and operate a ‘youth sports hub’ from the space, the first facility of its kind in Hackney Wick.
These changes have been shaped by and for the local community and groups will be able to use the new facilities at a discounted rate or in many cases, at no cost.
The Trowbridge Centre, along with the Old Baths, is a Council building that was refurbished to help provide some of the 1,750 sqm of genuinely affordable studio and workspaces for local businesses across the two buildings, as part of our commitment to help more businesses stay and grow in the area they call home – creating new jobs and contributing to our local economy.
We have also supported 26 small and medium enterprises into new studios – 15 of them being relocated from Hackney Wick Fish Island
There has also been a range of public realm improvements at the Trowbridge centre including providing new community gardening and food growing facilities to assist interaction between users of the buildings.
Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone is jointly run by Hackney Council and Tower Hamlets Council in partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation
The Creative Enterprise Zone initiative was a key manifesto priority for the Mayor of London in order to protect the creative sector in the capital, increase affordable spaces for artists and entrepreneurs, and boost job and training opportunities for local people by allowing artists to put down roots and thrive for years to come.
The Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone focuses on protecting one of the world’s most recognisable ‘at risk’ communities of creators, including artists, makers, designers and performers working across the cultural, creative, digital and tech industries.
Its Action Plan includes pioneering planning protections to maintain affordable workspace, increase skills and training for local people and secure the long-term future of the area’s cultural anchors.
We are refurbishing Council-owned buildings to provide affordable workspaces and agreed strict planning rules that protects 8,500sqm of affordable workspace with rent caps as well as provision for a purpose-built theatre and community space.
Locality and community is key for HWFI with approximately 75% of the workforce also living locally.
Along with our partners, we will be launching a Good Growth Hub to ensure young people across Hackney and Tower Hamlets are connected into opportunities within the CEZ and have already launched new affordable workspace and community space at Trowbridge Gardens and The Old Baths and an additional 10,000 sq. ft of new affordable space will be enhanced under the CEZ.
For more information, please visit the Hackney Wick and Fish Island website.
The Gascoyne 2 community hall, situated on the Gascoyne Estate, was re-developed with funding from Hackney Council to create an inclusive, thriving space for local residents, businesses and the wider community to benefit from.
The community hall is one of the largest in Hackney and is free-to-use during working hours, where community groups and local residents can host their own meetings, events and other activities as well as being able to book the community hall outside of these times.
The renovated space boasts free wi-fi, a huge hall and modern kitchen facilities for neighbours and will provide youth services, following requests from local residents.
The community hall has staff permanently based there from Hackney Works, the council team to help people into employment and training as well as serving as a base for other council services, such as public health, resident participation and housing services.
Hackney Wick Station sits on the London Overground and in 2018, the station benefitted from a multi-million pound upgrade project, part-funded by the Council which has seen passengers able to get their trains more quickly and more easily than before with a new underpass, lifts and overall improved access to the station.
The redevelopment of Hackney Wick Station forms the first phase part of the overall delivery of a vibrant new mixed-use neighbourhood centre for the area.
The upgrade will bring new homes and businesses to the area as well as support the existing ones to thrive even further. Passengers can access services and local businesses more than before, and Hackney Wick Station will play a vital role in the transformation of this area of east London.
In advance of a new northern entrance being delivered as part of the Telford Homes development, Hackney Council and LLDC will be opening a temporary entrance onto Wallis Road to support the business and residents accessing the station.
Hackney Wick and Fish Island have a rich heritage of industry, enterprise, manufacture and trade. The new Hackney Wick Neighbourhood Centre is at the centre of one of London’s first Creative Enterprise Zones and is a flourishing London quarter, typified by an exciting employment offer of local independent industry, makers, artists and creative businesses.
As one of three new neighbourhood centres in the LLDC area, it will serve the existing and emerging communities and stitch into the west of QEOP and the new communities of Eastwick and Sweetwater to the east.
The masterplan seeks to deliver a mixed-use scheme of up to 119,242 sqm GIA floorspace comprising of:
- 78,931 sqm residential (Class C3)
- 29,908 sqm employment space (ClassB1a, B1c)
- 4,493 sqm retail uses (Class A1-A4)
- 2,318sqm community space (Class D1/D2)
- 23,359 sqm public realm, open space and associated vehicular access