Cheap Street and New Bond Street had been vacant for 2 years. The brief was put together to reinvent the spaces into co-working hubs and multi-use pop-up event spaces. With an already characterful building, we made the most of utilising historic period features, working as much with what was already there as possible. The design enabled maximum flexibility within the space and used an eclectic mix of refurbished furniture and recycled materials. This helped keep costs low and ensured the project considered its environmental impact at every stage.
With the paint still drying on another community project for B&NES Council within the Somerset Market town of Midsomer Norton, it’s great to see how once empty disused spaces can be transformed. However, this is just the tip of a nationwide iceberg. We need to see more being done not just by councils but by businesses to get involved in the communities they inhabit.
We look forward to working on more community projects in the future. Combining modern design, environmental thinking, encouraging social interaction, well-being and a sense of community can play its part in the future that we all want to see within our town centres and high streets.