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We are your experienced partner for all stages of the activation of vacant space. From strategy and concepts to engagement, delivery and operations.


The intensity and nature of our work often builds unique knowledge of an area and can lead to other projects and opportunities for collaboration. The evolution of meanwhile use over the last decade, spurred and shaped by quick political and economical changes mean that there is now a wide variety of what meanwhile use can be, achieve, and who it is useful for. We collaborate with partners as diverse as private landlords, local authorities, housing associations and developers, each with their specific priorities. Its temporary character has made meanwhile use a tool of many virtues and faces, adaptable, flexible and providing varieties of impact across spaces, communities. We deliver projects from feasibility through set-up, build to mangagement, closure and legacy building. Speak to us about your space(s).

“As it becomes increasingly unacceptable for space to lie unused for long periods of time, it is expected that ‘meanwhile use’ will become an integral part of how assets are managed efficiently. It is not an exaggeration to say that without the work, expertise and dedication of Meanwhile Space that this concept would not be as developed or as successful as it is today.”

Alex Hearn

Assistant Director Placemaking and Growth

North Somerset Council

Strategy & Consultancy

Feasibility Studies

We establish the project viability incl. demand, budgets, engagement, operational forecasts. Together with partner Jan Kattein Architects we can also offer design concepts, and full-scale site studies.

Meanwhile Use Strategies

We establish the opportunities and scope for meanwhile use for buildings, places, and cities.

High Street Activation

We develop and manage high street activation strategies that tackle vacancy, generate footfall, and increase local capacity to (re)create vibrant town centres.

Community Asset Development

Meanwhile Space has many years of experience in community asset set-up. commoning, and community-led regeneration. Through in-depth analysis and stakeholder engagement we provide local strategies and ways forward according to your focus and needs of support.

Innovative approaches to temporary space use and operation

We develop design solutions, and innovative operational and partnership approaches for specific spaces, communities, and long-term legacies.


We activate spaces through engagement, events, responsive design, with a specific understanding of the importance of localness and place identity.

Training & Capacity Building

In collaboration with the Meanwhile Foundation, we deliver targeted und customised support programmes to scale meanwhile use. We hold workshops for both local authorities and space users.

Social Impact & Legacy

We help translate our knowledge and experience into policy advice, design guidelines, and partnership models.

Clients, Collaborators and Partners


O2 Centre


Anthony Collins Solicitors

Architecture Foundation

Batchelors Solicitors

Big Issue Invest

Bilfinger GVA

Brent Council

Brent Housing Partnership

Bow Arts Trust

Buckinghamshire County Council

BOP Consulting

Business in the Community

Camden Council

Capipota Productions

City Bridge Trust

Communities and Local Government

Craigavon Borough Council


East London Small Business Centre

East Sussex County Council

Goldsmiths University of London


Hackney Council

Gort Scott Architects

Greater London Authority

Haringey Council

Harrow Council

Hastings Borough Council

Hemingway Design

Homes & Communities Agency

Hub Group


JP Morgan Chase Foundation

Jan Kattein Architects

Jericho Road


Lambeth Council

Land Securities


London Legacy Development Corperation

London Borough of Sutton

London Borough of Merton

Meanwhile Foundation

Metro Textiles

Metropolitan Works


New Deal of the Mind


Network Housing Group

Network Rail

North Somerset Council

Notting Hill Housing Association


Practical Governance

Raval Cultural


School for Social Entrepreneurs

Shoreditch Trust

Southwark Council

Stonegate Homes

The Arch Company

The City of Barcelona

The Decorators

Tower Hamlets

Urban Space Management

Waltham Forest Council

Westminster City Council

White Rock Trust

Wood Holmes Group


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