LJ Works nominated for design award

1 November 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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A community-led workspace project has been nominated for a top architectural award after transforming an underused space into a thriving creative hub.

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LJ Works nominated for design award

LJ Works was opened early this year in Gastineau Yard, Loughborough Junction, after close collaboration between Lambeth Council and the local community.

It was designed by leading London practice Architecture 00, working closely with Public Works Group to respond strongly to local public interest.

The site is now home to a variety of local businesses, makers, and community growing projects at a two state-of-the-art buildings housing studios, co-working space, and workshops.

LJ Works has been nominated in the Community and Faith Project category of the prestigious Architects Journal awards that recognise the very best in planning and design.

Cllr Jacqui Dyer, Cabinet member for Inclusive Economy and Equalities, said: “I am delighted that LJ Works has been nominated for such an esteemed award. It is terrific and validates the hard work of the community who has led the way on this for more than a decade.

“The council is proud to deliver much needed inclusive workspace in Loughborough Junction that was so badly needed. It is already providing a lifeline for local people who make, create, and are on the forefront of sustainable food production.”

The LJ Works site comprises two buildings of mixed workspace, and local fruit and vegetable growing in the grounds.

The site was previously vacant council-owned land before it was taken over by local people to create the Loughborough Farm in 2013 where residents could grow their own food.

Lambeth council worked with local people to form a steering group to develop plans for LJ Works that would expand on the work of Loughborough Farm while also supporting makers and designers by providing low-cost workshop or co-working spaces.

The site is currently run by Meanwhile Space, with the long-term intention that a local organisation or consortium will take over management.

One building contains studios for local creative entrepreneurs, while the second building houses workshops, a co-working space, and food-and-drink-based social enterprises Old Spike Roastery and Planted.