The proposal for Loughborough Junction Affordable workshops aimed to create a mixed-use affordable workspace for local makers in the thriving centre of Loughborough Junction. The existing site though designated as a Key Industrial and Business area had remained derelict for many years. In the meantime, a local community group had brought the site back into productivity as an urban farm.
The workspaces were to be of a variety of scales, ranging from small desk based coworking spaces to two larger anchor units that housed a CNC Mill and a series of kitchens for use by local businesses. The challenge was to develop a strategy that integrated the existing Loughborough Farm within a thriving works space community.
To keep within the tight budget we proposed a series of low-cost modular units and furniture that could be manufactured on site within the CNC mill. We designed the modular system to be simple enough to be built by lay people and proposed a methodology whereby the units could be built by potential users in exchange for rent rebates over the course of their tenancy.
Variant Office in collaboration with Erect Architecture were placed 2nd in this competition.