Industrial buildings have been engineered for tough lives and make a great starting point for new uses. These waterway board buildings in Nottingham with their heavy concrete walls and floors were ideally suited to a new mixed-use life.
Our campaign here was triggered by the idea that a government agency saw them as a negative, a risk to a development site, rather than a positive, an irreplaceable place-making asset.
Our film looks at two 1920s waterside warehouses. Treating the combination of them and the natural features of the site as the starting point for transforming the area into the heart of a thriving new neighbourhood, this animation charts the principles of a radical design proposal, an incremental masterplan, and the life, events, activities, businesses and programmes that could have been at the heart of a new approach to regeneration.
Friends of Leather Lane Stars at our first community meeting.
"When it's like this, it's lovely to be here."
Shola, one of the market's Rising Stars, has been a trader at Leather Lane Market for 7 years, selling ladies' bags.
Mario, a Supporting Star, works at the Craft Beer Co. on Leather Lane, serving fine ales and beers to the discerning Leather Lane clientele.
Henry, an Established Star in the area, is one of the oldest traders on the block, having worked at the market for 43 years. He's lived in the area all his life.
Inga and her husband Andrew, Rising Stars at Leather Lane, have been selling hats, gloves, sunglasses and other fashion accessories at the market for 5 years. She started at Roman Road after finishing school.
Richard "Ritchie Rich" has been working in Leather Lane Market for 27 years, a well Established Star at the markets. He notes that the market 20 years ago "used to be like Mecca." Perhaps now it is again?