START HERE Aberfeldy Street | Retail | Creative workspace | Business Support | Poplar



Aberfeldy Street, Poplar, E14 0NU

START HERE Aberfeldy

Timeline 2019 – 2022


START HERE Aberfeldy Street gives businesses or individuals the opportunity to start and trial their ideas on the high street. The aim is to develop an active high street that provides opportunities for local people whilst serving the local community.

​The START HERE programme is ideal for businesses and organisations seeking new opportunities in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, by offering:


+ one year rent-free

+ business support

+ start up funding opportunities with Aberfeldy Big Local


The programme accompanies a visual transformation of the street in Poplar. Building frontages have been painted in a patchwork of colours and decorated in patterns inspired by fabrics donated by members of the largely Bangladeshi community in a nod to the Kantha tradition of recycling old textiles to make something new. The intention is to bring colour and artwork onto Aberfeldy Street, to ‘dress’ the existing high street and celebrate the cultural identity of local people. Improvement works also include new shop signage and increased street lighting to create a safer and more welcoming environment.


The START HERE programme is an 18-month temporary intervention which is intended to operate on a meanwhile basis until the street is replaced with commercial units on the Oxbow development. The business development initiative is being led by High Street Works, a multi-disciplinary collaboration between Meanwhile Space CIC and Jan Kattein Architects to deliver a high street revival. The scheme has been commissioned by Aberfeldy LLP, a joint venture between developer EcoWorld London and housing association Poplar HARCA to ensure that whilst works go on around Aberfeldy, the street remains a vibrant community, social and commercial hub.


More information on the project can be found on, or join us for one of our online sessions:


2nd of July 2020, 12.30am – 1.30pm:

An introduction into the programme, available spaces and Aberfeldy Big Local start-up funding


7th of July 2020, 10am – 2pm (allocated 20-minutes time slot)

An individual session for you to talk us through your idea, and ask questions related to your proposal.


For more information on the project, or to sign up for the workshops, please email​

Deadline for applications: Friday 17 July








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