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Wood Street Market: Call for occupants

Architects looking for some cut price studio space could do well to look to E17, writes James Pallister

Young London practice Gort Scott has teamed up with London borough of Waltham Forest to inject new life into the historic Wood Street Market in Walthamstow.

In addition to some remedial works to the historic covered market the practice is organising the selection process of new tenants. Currently almost a third of the units are vacant and the reduced rent proposal is part of a strategy to activate the market.

The intention is to populate these vacant market units with a mixture of commercial and non-profit groups. Applications from designers and artists are invited.
The market units are currently rented at £50 a week for a single unit and £80 a week for a double unit, including rates.

Gort Scott are part of a design team which is looking at the wider Wood Streret area. The design team includes EAST Architecture, who are working on shop front improvement and public realm, artist curator Ashley McCormick and lighting firm Creatmosphere.

The project is supported by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, whose intention it is to increase the vibrancy of high street places across London. The Outer London Fund is delivered through Design for London on behalf of the Mayor.

The Market had its first open evening on the 13 December (pictured), on the day the Portas Review was published.

One of the recommendations in the report on the future of the UK’s High Streets by TV’s Mary Portas was the increased use of ‘imaginative community use of empty properties through Community Right to Buy, Meanwhile Use and a new “Community Right to Try” ‘

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