Blue House Yard is a redevelopment and re-imagining of an empty and underused site at 5 River Park Road, London N22 7TB, a few minutes from Wood Green station.
High Street Works in partnership with London Borough of Haringey have transformed the site into a place for local creatives, entrepreneurs and residents for the meanwhile use period of 5 years.
The redevelopment created both private space for rent and a new public space for meeting friends, discovering events and interacting with local designer makers.
Blue House Yard delivers the following workspace opportunities:
‘Worksheds’ at Blue House Yard - Flexible spaces best suited to users who want to make and potentially sell.
Studios at Blue House Yard - Studio and office spaces for creatives and entrepreneurs ranging from 4sqm to 25sqm
Events at Blue House Yard - Space for people who want to run and attend outdoor events
Bus Cafe at Blue House Yard - A double decker bus transformed into a café with seating internally and in the yard. A chance for a food start up to test the idea they’ve always wanted to try out without taking on the risks associated with a high street unit.
All spaces are let on a fair rent policy with prices being set between 50-80% of market value, on flexible terms and with no up front deposits. Combined with a people-focused approach this creates impacts varying from retail incubation opportunities, business growth, job creation, to a new community and cultural events venue
Blue House Yard is a friendly, inclusive, multi-disciplinary and experimental collection of workspaces for local people. They are the ones that fill the spaces with life - from start-ups to social entrepreneurs or creatives making it their place of work.
It is also a place that residents and workers in the area make use of to meet others and discover things being produced by tenants and other space users.
After the meanwhile use period is over the site will be redeveloped by London Borough of Haringey. For info on the long term plans please visit http://www.haringey.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning/major-projects-and-regeneration
High St Works
High Street Works Ltd is a multi-disciplinary organisation delivering high street improvement interventions throughout London. High Street Works combines experience from two award-winning companies - Meanwhile Space CIC and Jan Kattein Architects – who have an unmatched record in delivering ground-breaking high street regeneration work in London and the South East.
Whether it’s the coloured facades of Leyton, the vibrant startups of Wembley’s Coming Soon Club, the bustling forecourts of North Cheam, the Market Stall Lanterns in Baker’s Arms or the innovative Fringe high street research project, the combined approach of a design strategy that responds to the particular opportunities and constraints of each site, while mobilising existing businesses to improve their offer, is at the heart of what we do.
Jan Kattein Architects is an award-winning practice based in Islington, London. We specialise in housing, urban design, town center regeneration and theatre design. Our clients include private individuals, developers, housing associations, local authorities, charities and opera houses. JKA is a delivery-focused practice. We are just as concerned as our clients about the realisation of a carefully designed and technically adept project on time and on budget.
An established working relationship with some of London’s most innovative engineers, designers, artists, researchers and craftsmen means that ad-hoc skills exchange, formal collaborations or outsourcing of specialist work items contribute to the successful delivery of complex project briefs.
Meanwhile Space CIC is the pioneering social enterprise at the forefront of ‘meanwhile uses’. As the market leader in Meanwhile uses since 2009, Meanwhile Space designs innovative Meanwhile® solutions to vacant commercial space, working across sectors to deliver Meanwhile projects and strategies, operate affordable workspace, and deliver longer term Meanwhile developments.
As proven by our network of 11,000 members of our forum, newsletter and social media, there is significant demand for highly visible, low cost, low risk space that allows the ‘opportunity of failure’ for brand new businesses and ideas, which can then grow and feed in to the existing workspace offer.