Hudson Architects has been chosen to design a new facility for small businesses in Tottenham, north London.
The £1 million building will provide a flexible workspace, including 100 desk spaces and support facilities, to help entrepreneurs in the Haringey area.
The development, which replaces a disused depot, will kick-start Haringey council's task of renovating one of London's poorest boroughs - a project which is being financed by the European Regeneration Development fund and the London Development agency.
The scheme provides a street-level café and a new piazza that will create a social hub for those wanting to escape the busy Tottenham High Road.
The workspace project coincides with efforts to improve Holcombe Road market. Tottenham market could also be rejuvenated by new market stalls and improved lighting.
Hudson Architects is considering using prefabricated structural panels in the design and the scheme is due for completion towards the end of 2006.
by Natasha Peskin