Friday 4th March - 10.00-11.00am

5th Studio director Tom Holbrook will be taking part in this weeks NLA's webinar on Makers spaces. Tom will be presenting the practice's recently completed work at Merdian Water – one of London's key regeneration projects – where Bloqs the largest open-access factory in the UK launched last month.

In this webinar experts across the sector will describe how they are currently tackling the challenge of affordability for makers spaces in London.

London inherently has been city which has creativity at its core. Artists and makers spaces have been driving factors for Londons regeneration for decades and is now imbedded within our city’s cultural heritage. However, recent years have highlighted how Londons makers spaces are under threat. Increasing rent prices within the capital and a change in work trends to more laptop-based approaches have meant that large workspace is becoming widely unfeasible.

However, where does that leave the makers sector that still heavily relies on larger floor capacity for its creative outputs? As cities move towards resilience and sustainability across its industries how do we ensure makers spaces are not left behind and pushed to London’s periphery cities? How do we maintain creative activation within London’s neighbourhoods and safeguard our makers spaces for the future?

This webinar will hear from core stakeholders aiming to combat the challenges that makers spaces face within the capital. The speakers will debate the affects affordability is having on London’s makers spaces and provide much needed thought leadership in protecting our creative industries for the future.

Speakers:

• Chair: First Sukpaiboon, Head of Programme, New London Architecture

• Rumi Bose, Principal Project Officer, Greater London Authority

• Alex Jeremy, Head of Partnerships, Poplar HARCA

• Tom Holbrook, Director, 5th Studio

• Patrick McKeogh, Managing Director, Pipers Model Makers

• Gemma Dean, Head of Development, Creative Land Trust

More information on the event can be found here.

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