At a recent Future of London event this year's cohort of Future London Leaders were presenting how different managed workspace providers are contributing to regeneration in the capital.
The approaches they explored were varied. However; there was commonality of focus in how the creation of innovative managed workspace can create economic development benefits for developers, users, the Local Authority and the wider community.
One such solution is Art Guard a initiative developed the Mill Co Project. It offers a property guardianship scheme that also provides positive social benefits for the community and artists. Artists are provided with affordable live/work space within buildings which are set to be re-developed. In return they clear and occasionally renovate these spaces. A perspective from a Art Guardian can be found here.
I am excited to see how this scheme develops into the future. It is always heartening to see both projects which have social benefits at their core and innovation within regeneration.
ART GUARD WAS FORMED FOR TWO REASONS; 1_ To allow artists to live and work affordably in London. 2_ To provide a solution for property owners who wish to see their vacant assets provide positive social impact