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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 in the Summer of 2019, but you can register your interest in applying below.


Following our research and design project to explore 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, we are now ready to break ground.

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 will offer a variety of forms of workspace for small businesses and local creative workers. 

Our plan also explores how the site will 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 was approved in June 2018, and we’re now in the next stage of development.

Following a year long process of design, research, outreach and public events, we 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 2018. This application was unanimously approved in June 2018.

Our project will transform the 6,110 sqm site into a cluster of 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.

What has happened so far?

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The Clarnico Quay project has been in the making for the past 18 months. Make Shift and Jan Kattein Architects 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.