Ladywell: Know your PLACE

The Ladywell PLACE consultation is now open
Rebecca Molina helped give The Deptford Project life as a railway carriage cafe and outdoor cinema, before it was ready to become a massive mixed use development. Now she's involved with a consultation about the future of Ladywell Leisure Centre. She explains:

Feasibility work is being undertaken to investigate future uses for the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre in Lewisham. The site is earmarked for a wider area development but in the meantime it will host one of the UK’s first ever 'pop-up' villages PLACE/ Ladywell.

The scheme has been devised in collaboration with internationally renowned architecture practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and is one of the ways Lewisham Council are responding to the on-going high demand for housing and business support in the borough. PLACE/ Ladywell will provide temporary homes for 24 families alongside the the ground floor managed by and for community and/or business use.

STUDIO RAW have designed a nook to engage the community with the development and provide an opportunity for those in the area to voice their opinions and thoughts about the future of the area. The design presents a series of interactions considered to facilitate community engagement in an area of distinct cultural diversity. Each interaction aims to gain an understanding of the needs of the community and ensure their voice is heard by all.

Workshops will take place throughout the week harnessing creative practices to consider the future and explore positive changes to the area. The information gathered will be visibly evolving and adaptable for all to see and feel a part of the bigger transformation. None of this would be as enjoyable without freshly ground coffee supplied by local start up coffee vendor who will be housed in a converted 10ft shipping container.

From Thursday 17 September to Tuesday 22 September, 10am to 5pm, you can visit the site at 261 Lewisham High Street.

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