Initial work on the Canning Town and Custom House Cultural Planning Framework (2009–10) included the idea to use vacant development sites as temporary spaces for community and cultural activity. The area regeneration team engaged us to promote a pilot site, support a steering group, identify potential partners and prepare funding and planning applications.
Core Landscapes has been a lead partner since early 2010 and transformed the site by establishing a social enterprise plant nursery and community growing areas. Their on-site team support community growers and offer wider volunteering opportunities, horticultural training and work experience. The site has become a productive, green space, used by a cross section of local people and organisations working with disadvantaged groups. Recycled materials are used extensively and designs developed for growing areas to be transferred to other temporary sites.
A recent collaboration with the University of East London School of Architecture has further explored ideas for developing the site's mobile environment. The site has become a productive place used by a cross section of local people and organisations working with disadvantaged groups. The project has made use of donated and recycled materials and tested designs for transferring growing areas onto other temporary sites. The project continues to evolve and recent collaboration with the University of East London
School of Architecture has explored ideas for developing the site's transferable environment. Fabric Space continue to support project development, a report on the first phase can be downloaded here