LJ Works is a purpose-built, low-cost work space in Loughborough Junction where diverse businesses can base themselves in order to grow and develop, in turn creating and safeguarding jobs in the area.
The site was previously used by the Loughborough Farm, who have remained on the site during the construction of the project, growing and supplying food through their Farm Café at nearby Wyck Gardens. Designated as an employment site, we believe it will intensify employment activity by meeting strong, identified local demand for workshops, office space and shared kitchen space. LJ Works consists of two new buildings which are connected by a yard and growing space managed by the Loughborough Farm. ‘The Front Building’ contains a shared textiles workshop and self-contained studio spaces. ‘The Rear Building’ has rentable kitchen spaces for food businesses, a co working space and messy workshop spaces for makers.
For the first ten years, LJ Works will be operated by us, Meanwhile Space, a social enterprise at the forefront of meanwhile use, committed to providing low cost flexible workspaces for startup and emerging local businesses. After 10 years Lambeth Council are intending to pass on the management responsibilities to the Project Steering Group. We are collaborating with Mission Kitchen, Loughborough Farm, Repowering and Tree Shepherd to deliver the key components of this project – LJ Works will include:
Rentable commercial kitchen space and co-working desk space managed by Mission Kitchen;
Loughborough Farm community food growing project have dedicated growing space for fresh vegetables and fruit, as well a purpose built ‘Wild Mind Garden’;
Repowering London’s solar panels will produce renewable energy and any profits will be channeled back into community benefit projects;
Tree Shepherd will deliver a bespoke business support programme to resident businesses;
The workshops, offices and textile hub will be managed by us and these spaces are for start ups and micro businesses looking to swap their kitchen table for their own dedicated workspace.
The building of LJ Works is led by Lambeth Council in partnership with local organisations who make up the project Steering Group:
As well as:
Cllr Emma Nye- Coldharbour Ward Councillor (Chair)
Cllr Donatus Anyanwu - Coldharbour Ward Councillor
Our architectural partners include award-winning companies 00 Architects, Public Works Design Practice and local contractor HA Marks, and this project is supported by the Mayor’s London Regeneration Fund.