Over the past two years, we've has been working with the local community to reimagine what the former social club, originally designed by local architect Stephen Mooring, could become.
Their ideas for a café, museum, workspaces and rooms for residents to hire for events, are now set to become a reality with work due to start in Spring 2021.
Other improvements to the former social club will also include: a refurbished roof terraces; reinstating the great hall; replacing all the windows and upgrading the appearance of the building - while also reflecting its original design.
The new community spaces will be used for events and activities as well as providing quiet workspaces with free wi-fi available throughout the building.
Artwork by artist-in-residence, Verity-Jane Keefe, will be displayed throughout with the first, a mural featuring local people, already unveiled on a hoarding outside the building.
Verity-Jane said: “The hoarding artwork was conceived as a celebration of the residents and wider community of the Moorings and the former social club. It is a collage of local people that gives a hint of the type of activity that could happen when the building is open.”
Verity adds: “Hoardings are normally selling something - a lifestyle or type of space, so I wanted this to be dripping in energy and life. The reopening of a community space, post Covid-19 feels more urgent now more than ever. The artwork being installed feels like the first visible real step.”
Moorings Ward Councillors, Cllr Averil Lekau, Cllr Sizwe James and Cllr Olu Babatola, said: “This new community space, co-designed with local residents, will play a big part in bringing the community together in the Moorings. By offering a space where people can meet, work, and learn, the former Moorings Social Club will not only become a landmark again but will have a new lease of life.”
We're also going to be launching a competition to ask local residents what they would like to call the new space. Residents will also be able to get involved with the internal work such as decoration, signage and the creation of the museum. Works to the social club are expected to finish in Autumn 2021.
The refurbishment of the former social club is being delivered by architects Project Orange with £1,150,000 funding from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund. The project forms part of Peabody’s wider regeneration plans for the Moorings, which include: a £300,000 transformation of Claridge Way: a makeover of the Moorings underpass – co-designed with young people from Woolwich Polytechnic and Hawksmoor Youth Club and a £100,000 toddler playground – with play equipment donated by the Moorings Ward Councillors.
We are also collecting memories of the club for the planned museum. Send your names and memories to [email protected]