Thamesmead to become a major Cultural Hub for London
As Thamesmead approaches its 50th anniversary, Peabody, supported by the Mayor of London have announced a major partnership with Bow Arts to help the area become one of the capital’s newest cultural location for artists, designers, makers and food entrepreneurs.
Funded by the Mayor’s London Regeneration Fund (LEAP) and Peabody, Bow Arts supported by its partners will fully renovate the iconic Lakeside Centre. As well as breathing new life into the building - with its stunning views of Southmere Lake and Thamesmead’s iconic tower blocks, and varied history including as a backdrop and setting for Films such as A Clockwork Orange, and the TV series Misfits – the project will also include a wider partnership of events, school programmes, public art and affordable housing for cultural key workers. Working with design team Architecture 00 and construction consultants Martin Arnold and contractors we are on site with an opening date of Spring 2019 and will offer:
- 40 new affordable creative workspaces for some of London’s emerging talented artists designers and makers
- The Front Room Café - a flexible and welcoming space for people to meet, eat, relax, work and learn
- An Enterprise Kitchen supporting production and training for brand new catering businesses run by social enterprise Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency
- Facilities to supporting educational boating activities on the lake
- A new 50 place early years day nursery managed by YMCA Thames Gateway
- As well as hosting a range of pop up stalls and markets supporting the Enterprise Kitchen
This amazing building will once again become the focus of cultural and community life for residents and visitors alike to Thamesmead.
This will be supported by an additional provision of Low Cost Accommodation for artists designers and makers, the next stage of our successful decade-long Residential Live Work scheme.
Peabody have ambitious regeneration plans for Thamesmead, part of which will include a programme of phased demolition and development of thousands of quality modern homes and improved public realm. Prior to the phased demolition, Peabody will use property guardians to secure otherwise vacant properties and Bow Arts have been appointed to provide vacant property security. We will use these properties which would otherwise remain vacant to provide temporary low-cost accommodation for those working in the creative and cultural sectors. Working with Peabody we will ensure this temporary low-cost offer is safe and well managed and will help support the aim of a long-term creative community in Thamesmead, supporting local education and people led regeneration in the area.
What partners are saying:
Peabody’s Executive Director for Thamesmead, John Lewis, said: “Our partnership with Bow Arts will bring this much-loved Thamesmead landmark back to life. The Lakeside Centre will be a very special place for residents to enjoy and will also help develop Thamesmead’s existing creative and entrepreneurial spirit and bring new businesses, jobs and visitors to the area. Alongside the other exciting changes taking place in the area, this will help Thamesmead fulfil its promise as London’s new town.”
Bow Arts’ Chief Executive, Marcel Baettig, said: “It’s very exciting to land in Thamesmead and immediately become a part of such an important project such as the re-imagining of the Lakeside Centre. We know the Centre will become a catalyst for unlocking the talent that we know already exists in the area. But behind the excitement lies our long-term commitment to Thamesmead, as one of its newest residents it will take us time to establish and become part of the community – but this is a process that we are very much looking forward to.”
Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “I’m really pleased that plans for the Lakeside Centre are progressing at speed and that the Mayor’s London Regeneration Fund is helping to transform Thamesmead into a more vibrant destination for creative businesses and talent. Small businesses in London face real challenges in finding affordable workspace in which to grow and thrive: these sorts of spaces should be part of plans to build new homes and rejuvenate neighbourhoods in the future.”
Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, Justine Simons, said: “Not only will this exciting new partnership put culture right at the heart of the community, it will transform Thamesmead and provide vital creative workspaces and affordable housing for key cultural workers. A lack of affordable space is one of the biggest threats to London’s reputation as a cultural powerhouse and we need more partnerships like this. We recognise the immense value artists bring to the capital’s identity and success, and I’m delighted that we are working with Peabody and the wonderful Bow Arts to do just this.”
Are you are an artist, designer, maker or cultural organisation looking for affordable workspace with connections to a creative engaged community?
If you are a maker, designer or artist looking for space you can register your interest now in one of our new creative workspaces here now by completing our online application form and creating a profile on London's Artist Quarter.
Studios will range in size from 12 square metres (130 square feet) to 100 square metres (1076 square feet) and in price from £130 per month.
If you are a cultural organisation, small creative company, training organisation or think your organisation would complement and benefit the range of activities we are hosting at this site, please get in touch with Michael Smythe, Project Manager, to discuss this further.
Culture in Thamesmead
Find out more about culture in Thamesmead, including the Thamesmead Culture Forum and how you can get involved.
Channel 4's Misfits during filming on the roof of the Lakeside Centre. You can read more about Thamesmead on screen here.
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