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.”
Assistant Director Placemaking and Growth
North Somerset Council
Strategy & Consultancy
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
Anthony Collins Solicitors
Big Issue Invest
Brent Housing Partnership
Bow Arts Trust
Buckinghamshire County Council
Business in the Community
City Bridge Trust
Communities and Local Government
Craigavon Borough Council
East London Small Business Centre
East Sussex County Council
Goldsmiths University of London
Gort Scott Architects
Greater London Authority
Hastings Borough Council
Homes & Communities Agency
JP Morgan Chase Foundation
Jan Kattein Architects
London Legacy Development Corperation
London Borough of Sutton
London Borough of Merton
New Deal of the Mind
Network Housing Group
North Somerset Council
Notting Hill Housing Association
School for Social Entrepreneurs
The Arch Company
The City of Barcelona
Urban Space Management
Waltham Forest Council
Westminster City Council
White Rock Trust
Wood Holmes Group