Enterprising Whitechapel seeks to make the most of the vacant spaces we can identify and facilitate in the town centre, and our goal is to ensure that this is as affordable and flexible as possible. To that end, workspace providers will be invited to operate spaces and deliver a key amenity to local residents and businesses.
Our project will seek to facilitate agreements with landowners of vacant buildings and deliver these spaces to providers at a standard suitable for temporary accommodation.
Applications for meanwhile use of space must benefit Whitechapel, its residents and local small businesses. This could be through the creation of new jobs, new services that meet a current or future need, or using spaces in new and inspiring ways. The creation of apprenticeships and support for startup businesses are also highly encouraged, as well as uses which promote health & wellbeing.
Successful applicants would be issued a sub-license from the Council to operate spaces. Through an open competition, workspace providers will need to demonstrate the following:
- A Community Benefits Plan for the space that promotes Social Cohesion (informed by the LBTH Cohesion Toolkit) and which include a commitment to local consultation and engagement. It would also need to provide a demonstration of the number of new jobs created, apprenticeships enables and businesses supported through use of the space. Your vision for the space, including plans for promoting, animating and curating its use in keeping with the aims of the project, will also play a part here.
- An Outline Business Case that is proportional to the undertaking, responding to requirements around rent, rates & other costs, providing details about your organisation, associated financial plans and past/present projects. Successful applications will need to clearly demonstrate a self-sustaining model for the duration of their occupancy.
- Supporting Documentation, including confirmation of articles of association, accounts, public liability and employers liability insurance