We’re starting a not-for-profit development company to reorganise New England House - a massive, council-owned light industrial building in the middle of Brighton.
We’re going to turn the building into New, New England House: an open, affordable and public factory for the benefit of the whole city.
For the whole of 2018, we’ll be prototyping this organisation from our space within the building.
We’ll be creating new collaborations, events and spaces across the building, to showcase how we think the new organisation could run (and how it could generate a bigger surplus for the council).
And we’ll be working alongside existing tenants, to maintain the building as a cheap, rough and ready place to make things, by hand or on screen.
For more information, see the New, New England House website, here.
We create projects, publications and interventions to help make our cities, buildings and spaces work better.
We specialise in reactivating dead spaces; harnessing unused potential in a community; and getting inside the machinery of regeneration, and using its levers to come up with something more interesting.
We work with local authorities, private developers, architects and community groups. We believe regeneration should be useful, honest, simple and beautiful.
Spacemakers is led by Matt Weston and Tom James, and was founded by Dougald Hine. We're based in Brighton, London and Stockholm.
Along with our project work, we have a strong history of consultancy.
We’ve been part of the Greater London Authority’s Special Assistance Team since its inception in 2011. During this time, we’ve worked with London boroughs on projects as diverse as public space, workspaces, local economics and identities. We’ve also worked nationally, advising on market squares in Basingstoke and university campuses in the midlands. And we’re part of NESTA’s New Radicals, a network of radical organisations changing Britain for the better.
We’re often brought in early on, to work out what the right strategy for a project is long term. We use the experience we’ve gained from our own projects to advise others on how best to bring their buildings, spaces and communities back to life. We’re honest, we give critique and we have ideas.
We do feasibility, problem solving and ideas generation, from a single day to an entire year. If you have a project that could do with some new thinking, please get in touch.