Creative Space is currently engaged by both public and private sector clients on a number of placemaking projects and meanwhile use strategies.
With the objective of building profile, reducing liabilities from business rates, risks of vandalism and spiralling security and management costs, meanwhile uses can provide productive use of empty buildings and public spaces, support start-up and early years businesses as well as bring activity and life to areas that could be blighted by a lack of residents and commercial occupiers for many years to come.
The range of work carried out by Creative Space includes helping to create a new sense of opportunity as well as communities of interest in areas and bringing land and buildings into short and medium term use. This can be particularly important whilst large scale redevelopment is planned. Meanwhile uses can be delivered without creating long term obligations whilst developing potential tenants and occupiers for future developments.
Hull Fruit Market is an example of how Creative Space can start the long process of adding value to semi-derelict and under-used areas of a city.
Creative Space was appointed by Hull Forward to develop a large scale Meanwhile Use Strategy for The Fruit Market in Hull during Autumn 2009. Following wide ranging research and a large-scale public consultation event, plans to bring a first wave of eleven substantial properties back in to use for creative and cultural end uses were adopted by city partners. A publication was produced by Creative Space to mark the transition of the street from a wholesale market to a new creative industries quarter for the city.
Creative Space was retained to assist in implementing the strategy in Spring 2010. To date this has resulted in a number of creative ventures taking premises on Humber Street as part of the first wave of the strategy. These include Fruit, a new performing arts venue and bar; Mark Wigan’s Museum of Club Culture and a number of other important projects including a gallery, studio space, a sculpture workshop, a jewellery collective, a microbrewery, a visual arts studio space and several others.