Garages: Affordable Workspaces

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Providing affordable and flexible work and studio space for local businesses


Enfield Council is committed to building an economy that provides well paid, high quality and secure employment. We are proposing to create new workspaces which support young and innovative businesses through affordable rents on simple, flexible terms on the site of existing garages and a disused laundry yard adjoining Fore Street on the Joyce & Snells estate for the next five years.

In collaboration with a workspace provider Jan Kattein Architects will develop the design of new workspace units which reuse much of the existing garage structures whilst providing great workspaces suitable for a variety of tenants. The Council will be engaging with potential future tenants to understand their needs, and to ensure that spaces are fit for purpose.

Keep checking this page for more information.


Existing site

The existing garage site unfortunately suffers from high levels of anti-social behaviour and crime. The garages themselves are structurally sound but in poor repair, with asbestos sheeting to the roofs.

Just to the north across Grove Street sits St. John & St. James' Primary School, with Boundary Hall Community Centre just to the south.


Aerial View

Outline Proposals

We propose transforming the existing garages with new roofs to create flexible individual workshop, office, studio or retail spaces along two well-overlooked streets, together with five new two storey timber framed workspaces.

Opening new gates in walls to the north and south will create a new link to St. John and St. James’ CE Primary School and the Boundary Hall, sheltered by a timber framed canopy to allow tenants to hold outdoor workshops and open studio events.



Design by Jan Kattein Architects Ltd

























Towards the northern end of the site a re-purposed double decker bus can serve as a café with hot-desking workspace on the upper deck. Outside seating and planting complement the bus cafe’s offer during the warmer months.

The footprint of the individual garage units is well-suited to creating modestly-scaled, affordable units. By keeping as much the existing structure as possible, we will minimise the environmental impact of the project.

Hive Studios provides affordable individual artists studios with communal gallery space.

Mark, founder of Hive Studios felt positively about the space, "I think there is definitely a demand for workspace like this, it doesn’t need to just be creative, you could create a really nice community hub."


Fore Street Action Days May 2021: Affordable Workspaces

During our latest public engagement events on 21st and 22nd May 2021, we showed updated designs for the affordable workspaces. The proposals were generally positively received, and people discussed with us in detail the future involvement of local businesses and community groups in the project. We even met several local residents who were interested in small affordable workspaces for their growing local businesses.

Many reacted positively to the site being opened up as a new safe link to the adjacent school. However, we understood from our conversations that making sure that the routes through and around the site feel active, safe and secure will be important to the project's success.

“It would be really nice and useful for the neighbourhood”

“This would be amazing for young people trying to open up a business”

If you weren't able to join us for the Action Days, don't worry – you can see the latest designs online, and there will be more opportunities to engage as the projects progress.


Stay in touch

We will be using Let's Talk as a project hub, where you can find out more about how work is progressing and find opportunities to get involved or have your say on proposals.

If you have any specific questions, get in touch with us at towncentres@enfield.gov.uk


Providing affordable and flexible work and studio space for local businesses


Enfield Council is committed to building an economy that provides well paid, high quality and secure employment. We are proposing to create new workspaces which support young and innovative businesses through affordable rents on simple, flexible terms on the site of existing garages and a disused laundry yard adjoining Fore Street on the Joyce & Snells estate for the next five years.

In collaboration with a workspace provider Jan Kattein Architects will develop the design of new workspace units which reuse much of the existing garage structures whilst providing great workspaces suitable for a variety of tenants. The Council will be engaging with potential future tenants to understand their needs, and to ensure that spaces are fit for purpose.

Keep checking this page for more information.


Existing site

The existing garage site unfortunately suffers from high levels of anti-social behaviour and crime. The garages themselves are structurally sound but in poor repair, with asbestos sheeting to the roofs.

Just to the north across Grove Street sits St. John & St. James' Primary School, with Boundary Hall Community Centre just to the south.


Aerial View

Outline Proposals

We propose transforming the existing garages with new roofs to create flexible individual workshop, office, studio or retail spaces along two well-overlooked streets, together with five new two storey timber framed workspaces.

Opening new gates in walls to the north and south will create a new link to St. John and St. James’ CE Primary School and the Boundary Hall, sheltered by a timber framed canopy to allow tenants to hold outdoor workshops and open studio events.



Design by Jan Kattein Architects Ltd

























Towards the northern end of the site a re-purposed double decker bus can serve as a café with hot-desking workspace on the upper deck. Outside seating and planting complement the bus cafe’s offer during the warmer months.

The footprint of the individual garage units is well-suited to creating modestly-scaled, affordable units. By keeping as much the existing structure as possible, we will minimise the environmental impact of the project.

Hive Studios provides affordable individual artists studios with communal gallery space.

Mark, founder of Hive Studios felt positively about the space, "I think there is definitely a demand for workspace like this, it doesn’t need to just be creative, you could create a really nice community hub."


Fore Street Action Days May 2021: Affordable Workspaces

During our latest public engagement events on 21st and 22nd May 2021, we showed updated designs for the affordable workspaces. The proposals were generally positively received, and people discussed with us in detail the future involvement of local businesses and community groups in the project. We even met several local residents who were interested in small affordable workspaces for their growing local businesses.

Many reacted positively to the site being opened up as a new safe link to the adjacent school. However, we understood from our conversations that making sure that the routes through and around the site feel active, safe and secure will be important to the project's success.

“It would be really nice and useful for the neighbourhood”

“This would be amazing for young people trying to open up a business”

If you weren't able to join us for the Action Days, don't worry – you can see the latest designs online, and there will be more opportunities to engage as the projects progress.


Stay in touch

We will be using Let's Talk as a project hub, where you can find out more about how work is progressing and find opportunities to get involved or have your say on proposals.

If you have any specific questions, get in touch with us at towncentres@enfield.gov.uk


Page last updated: 15 June 2021, 20:47