The Whitechapel Vision Delivery Team is creating a Vacant Building Register, to be collated and evaluated with the strategic aim of providing a base of flexible and affordable workspace in the town centre. Landowners are invited to submit expressions of interest in order to have their vacant or underused buildings considered for capital investment and for temporary use once this is complete.
Whilst preference will be given to spaces above 200sqm / 2150 sq.ft, smaller spaces will be considered. Applications will be assessed on a best value for money basis; this may mean that buildings which require extensive refurbishment in order to achieve a suitable standard are disqualified unless the resulting space presents an offer of significant value.
In order to facilitate a self-sustaining and viable offer, spaces should ideally be available for a minimum of two years, although longer terms are welcomed. They should also be connected to standard services (electricity, plumbing etc.) and access should be made possible outside of normal working hours, subject to strict conditions on noise & nuisance.
The Enterprising Whitechapel project will use capital funds to bring spaces up to a suitable standard, including but not limited to health & safety upgrades, improvements to access and security, and facade treatments.
For more information on the Vacant Building Register and for a fillable Expression of Interest Form, please download the documents linked below.
An empty property can cost its owner a lot of money in maintenance, security, utilities charges and business rates. It can cost event more if it falls into unauthorised use. There are also risks from leaks, fire and vandalism. Properly curated use of vacant or underused buildings can avoid these risks.