£2m community and enterprise hub for Thamesmead

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has granted Peabody £1.15m through the ‘Good Growth Fund’ towards a new £2m community and enterprise hub in Thamesmead.

The project will transform the 1970s buildings and spaces underneath flyovers into flexible spaces which will be able to host a range of services including: community meetings, activities and events, flexible and affordable enterprise space and space for skills and training.

Over 80 residents, businesses and community groups supported us in our bid for the money. The project is part of our long-term plan to invest in the Moorings through our public realm improvements, creating new community facilities, building new homes and creating opportunities for local people.

The Mayor launched the Good Growth Fund to help create a city where no community is left behind and everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

John Lewis, Executive Director Thamesmead at Peabody said “The idea for the Thamesmead Community Learning and Enterprise Hub came directly from the local community. The design of the spaces and how they are used will be heavily influenced by local people and will be a great addition to the area. We hope the space will help us support businesses to grow, creating prosperity and better services locally. We also want to help people learn new skills and we’ll be working with partners to develop a programme of activities to do that. I would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported the project so far.”

Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor GLA said “The Mayor and I are determined to use the Good Growth Fund to challenge preconceptions about how regeneration takes place. This project is a great example of how we can work with local communities on projects in a way that will help ensure the benefits are felt by all.”

Shaun McGranaghan, Trustee at ASG Community Gymnastics Club which is based in the Moorings commented: “The Growth fund awarded to Peabody is fantastic news for the local community and its businesses. As a local charity in Thamesmead we have seen first-hand the work Peabody are already doing for the local people to help grow the area in a range of different ways, and this funding will provide a huge boost to the local people and help achieve the ambitions of Peabody which the whole community share together.

“Thamesmead has needed support for many years and with the work Peabody have put into local projects including ourselves, it is finally getting the support and attention it deserves to help it thrive. As a local resident, the progress made so far is already apparent and I am very excited to see further developments as Thamesmead grows to its full potential.”

We worked with architects and urban designers Levitt Bernstein and Project Orange on the proposals to make better use of outdoor spaces which weren’t being used and to create attractive public spaces. The project is due to complete in early 2020.