The Livesey Exchange on the Ledbury Estate off the Old Kent Road is a maker space created out of vacant garages aimed at bringing life, new skills and jobs to a neglected corner of South London. The project has been developed by local residents Nicholas Okwulu, of social enterprise Pempeople in collaboration with Ulrike Steven, from the architecture practice what if: projects.
Lucy Bullivant and Mark Brearley, Head of Cass Cities and Professor at the Cass, London Metropolitan University, were the two speakers for the evening. Lucy gave a talk, 'Participatory placemaking visions into action globally', about community engagement on regeneration projects. Mark discussed the future of industries in the city and introduced the new exhibition about the Old Kent Road economy produced by Cass Cities, London Met. staged at the Livesey Exchange over many months.
We want to transform the unused garages on the Ledbury Estate into a place that serves the neighbourhood. The Livesey Exchange will be an important community resource within Southwark's proposed Old Kent Road Opportunity Area and will provide a hub for training, meetings, and information. It is important that local communities are involved in the development of the area as it evolves and have the training and skills to effectively participate and benefit from the coming changes.
The former garages will be filled with makers from a range of industries, opening up opportunities for training and further strengthening the network of manufacturers operating in the Old Kent Road area. Another resource will be the Feminist Library that plans to move to the Livesey Exchange with part of their collection and will deliver a complimentary educational programme. The Livesey Exchange has successfully attracted funding to commence the transformation of the garages from the Mayor's Regeneration Fund, Southwark Council, Southwark Tenant Fund, Airbnb and many residents and businesses who supported our Crowdfunding campaign in 2016. Livesey Exchange information