Superset have been chosen by Lewisham Council to take over the building as part of the ‘Meanwhile Use’ initiative in the Catford regeneration programme. The company’s plan is to turn the space into a contemporary creative hub with a state-of-the-art scenery construction workshop at its core.
The project is drawing support from across the local community on social media:
“Fantastic project which will be brilliant for Catford. Multi skilled company offering something unique and varied… good luck!” (Sue, Spacehive Page)
“This is excellent! It’ll be such a great place for the community to get together in Catford” (Grace, Spacehive Page)
— James-J Walsh (@JamesJWalsh) June 27, 2017
A survey put out to Lewisham residents showed that 98% of them would like to see an increase in community based initiatives in Catford, and that over 96% think that it is important for local businesses to offer training and skills development.
A number of established local organisations have also voiced their support for the project and the possibilities that come with it. Catford Film and Lewisham Youth Theatre are amongst the wealth of potential collaborators:
Helen Stanley, Artistic Director at the Lewisham Youth Theatre said: “A partnership with Supersets will enable us to offer design and set construction training. This partnership will be an amazing asset to young people of Lewisham.”
Catford Film’s Keith Arnold said: “Catford Film are very excited by Superset’s plans for the Thomas Lane depot and encourage everyone to get behind their crowdfunder. We can promise some very exciting events for Catford at the proposed drive-in cinema!”
Currently based in Ladywell, Supersets already has strongly established ties to the South East London area.
Talking about the benfits space will provide to the community, Steven Patterson, Director, Supersets said: “Supersets is a truly local business and we passionately believe in collaborating with and supporting the local community. This is why we want to ensure that our workshop can provide something for everybody; from open-air film screening and a skate park, to apprenticeships and educational partnerships, we want to place our workshop at the heart of Catford.”
For more information or to support the campaign go to visit the Creative Community Space for Catford page on Spacehive.