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Redevelopment of Loman Street

 

About CAN

Founded in Southwark 20 years ago, we have three affordable office buildings in Loman Street, Great Dover Street and Bermondsey where 79 charities or social enterprise organisations are based.  We also have two more buildings in Old Street and Hounslow (in partnership with the local authority) – in total we are a home for 160 charities, (1400 individuals working for social impact) many of which wouldn’t be able to afford central London premises without us.

You can find out more about us here.

 

Our building at Loman Street

Our Loman Street building is where around 270 individuals work for charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations. We offer office space (at a significantly lower rate than the market value for the area) and provide an environment where these people and groups can work collaboratively together, often towards common goals.

While the building at Loman Street is at full capacity, with demand from other charities needing affordable space, sadly it is no longer fit for purpose.  It requires modernisation and much better use of space. The building is not fully accessible to all users with disabilities, has out of date and insufficient kitchen and meeting room space, and a dated air conditioning system. It would also benefit from significantly better designed internal spaces allowing for a higher capacity of workstations.

While we encourage those who work in our buildings to cycle, the cycle racks on Risborough Street are often targeted by thieves. 

In addition, our Borough building just 4 minutes’ walk away is leasehold. The lease has just over six years until it expires and we have little hope of renewing this in a market that has leasehold costs constantly rising.

To prevent the organisations at our Borough building being pushed out of Southwark with its established third sector talent, and easy access to City donors and politicians at Westminster, we have a requirement to develop a larger building at our Loman Street site, which we own.

In short, if we want to further our mission of helping charities, social enterprise and not-for-profit organisations to find affordable workspace in central London and prevent their displacement from the diverse community in Southwark– we need to redevelop our Loman Street building.

 

Public Consultation

We are now ready to share our exciting plans for the redevelopment of our Loman Street building at a public exhibition.

We would like to invite you to a public exhibition we are holding in the form of a drop-in over two days on:

 

Friday 15th February 2019 from 2:30 pm to 8 pm 
and Saturday 16th February 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm 
at 32-36 Loman Street, Southwark, SE1 0EH

 

We will be presenting at this event our vision for the site and inviting feedback from the local community.

We would really like to see you at the event, but if you are unable to attend or would like more information please call our freephone number 0800 689 5209 or email lomanstreet@can-online.org.uk.

Once the public exhibition has taken place, we will publish the proposals on this website, so that you can view them online.