The Foundry, London
The Social Justice and Human Rights Centre Company Ltd was established in May 2011 by the Trust for London, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, The Barrow Cadbury Trust, LankellyChase Foundation and The Ethical Property Company. This followed an extensive piece of market research with social justice and human rights organisations to identify the need for the scheme and to develop a building brief.
Ethical Property was appointed to manage the development of the project from conception to opening, and after completing a detailed property search the company purchased 142 Vauxhall Street, London, in March 2012. The property is a large Edwardian industrial building situated between the Oval and Vauxhall tube stations in London. Plans for refurbishment of the existing building and creation of a substantial modern extension were developed, and full planning permission was granted in early 2013.
Building work has commenced on-site and the building will be open in September 2014. The Foundry will then be managed, under contract, by Ethical Property on behalf of the Company.
The scheme will include 30,000 sq ft of office space with communal facilities, a conference hall and meeting rooms, and a public cafe and exhibition space. The Foundry will be highly accessible and energy efficient and spaces are designed to be flexible to accommodate changing needs.
Plans are being made to support the organisational development of social justice organisations based in the Centre by providing them with a range of shared support services. There are also plans to establish a Public Engagement Fund, to which any trust or foundation can donate.
For more information or to express an interest in becoming a tenant at The Foundry please contact Emma Tracy on 01865 403315
or visit the centre's website at www.aplaceforchange.co.uk
, in due course.