Over the last 12 months we have been conducting a research and design project, exploring how a temporarily vacant plot of land on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park could be used to provide lasting opportunities for independent businesses and local people.

This site is called Clarnico Quay.

The project started with a series of interviews, events and surveys to understand local needs and the community surrounding the site.

Based on the findings developed through this process, we have developed a design proposal and business plan for a new site that could offer a variety of forms of workspace for small businesses and local creative workers. 

Our proposals also explore how the site would function as an open public space, offer new facilities and services to local residents, and connect its members with the community around them.


The planning application for Clarnico Quay has now been submitted.

Following a year long process of design, research, outreach and public events, we have worked with Carl Turner Architects to finalise a set of designs. These were submitted as part of a full planning application on the 5th of April. 

Our proposed project would transform the 6,110 sqm site into a cluster of affordable workspaces for small businesses, artists and makers, including community event space, and food, drink and retail markets. It will also include public indoor and outdoor spaces and communal facilities for local people to use and enjoy.

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Where is Clarnico Quay?

Clarnico Quay is a temporarily vacant space at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, situated between the Copper Box arena and immediately across the canal from Hackney Wick.

Our proposals explore how it could be used for a temporary project, ahead of permanent development of the site in around 5 year’s time.

What has happened so far?

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Over the last year Make Shift and Jan Kattein Architects have conducted a range of research projects to inform ideas and designs for the site. These included interviews, focus groups, local drop-in sessions, and formal consultation events.

Jan Kattein Architects undertook a more detailed study to examine a small but diverse sample of workspaces in and around Hackney Wick, speaking to business owners to build a picture of the physical qualities which allow businesses to thrive in Hackney Wick and the Olympic Park.

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All this information was used to inform designs and a business plan for the site which have been developed by Make Shift and Carl Turner Architects.

We have now submitted a planning application with the hope of bringing the site to life, ready to open in Spring 2019.


Register your interest.

If you are a local business, creative worker, a member of a community group, or a local resident and you are looking for space to work, create or host events or activities, we'd love to hear from you.

Applications for spaces will open later this year, but you will be able to register your interest very soon...


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Why is the project happening? 

The study is part of the strategy to support local employment, enterprise and new exciting public spaces in and around Queen Elizabeth Park and the Hackney Wick area.

The research and design project has been jointly funded by East Wick and Sweetwater and LLDC.