Meanwhile Space

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Creating vibrant communities by bringing temporarily redundant space into productive use

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Meanwhile Space CIC is the pioneering social enterprise and advisory organisation at the forefront of ‘meanwhile uses’. As the market leader in Meanwhile uses since 2009, Meanwhile Space designs innovative MeanwhileTM solutions to create better places to live and work, by taking on challenging redundant spaces, and working with local communities to bring them into affordable temporary use.

We deliver this through development and management of temporary spaces, and other consultancy and capacity building work. The team has a proven track record throughout London bringing vibrancy and activity to underused spaces for the benefit of local individuals starting or growing their own enterprise, passion or skills.

From fixed desk incubators in vacant railway arches, to former council buildings re-imagined as creative hubs, to retail incubation on the high street – each of our spaces is a place responsive architectural and operational identity serving a range of tenant uses from product designers, to a bakery, to fashion designers and tech startups. In 2021 Meanwhile Space has a company turnover of £1.2m and is currently operating a total of 110,000 ft2, with 160 tenants, in 24 Meanwhile Spaces. Over 85% of the tenants in our projects live in the local area, and we have worked with 14 London Boroughs, primarily in outer London.

Some notable projects include The Arches Project where a freestanding, fully demountable and reusable ‘kit of parts” plywood solution has been created for installing in railway arches, and the Rotherhithe project, which will deliver best-case examples of high quality demountable structures that can be moved to another location after the meanwhile period.