Former Romford Retailery workers move to Ilford
PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 October 2019
The people behind the Romford Retailery are moving to Redbridge.
Things Made Public will be turning a disued carpet warehouse in Ilford into a workspace for start-up businesses after Redbridge Council granted planning permission.
The Janice Mews building will be transformed into an affordable workspace called The Muse for local start-up businesses giving performers and artists a platform to showcase their talent and develop their ideas.
The project is one of three "spark Ilford" schemes which hope to rejuvenate the town centre - along with the Space art gallery and the Mercato Metropolitano outdoor food market.
A Things Made Public, spokeswoman said: "For those of you who loved The Retailery in Romford, we've been beavering away for the last few months in Ilford town centre, planning a fantastic new venue.
"We're over the moon to announce we have been granted planning permission - so the fun starts here.
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"Watch this space for more news, and check out our friends Space and Mercato Metropolitano who will be joining us in the town centre! And of course, a big thank you to Redbridge Council for your warm welcome.
"For now, let your imagination run wild...we'll be transforming the old carpet warehouse into a new home from home in the coming months."
A Redbridge Council spokesman said Things Made Public is dedicated to the development of the cultural quarter and passionate about creating a thriving community-led space that not only "champions entrepreneurship but also gives the community a place to relax eat, think and do".
"Calling it The Muse, Things Made Public CIC will manage the development of the building and be an exciting addition to the landscape of Ilford town centre," he said.
"The upper floor of The Muse will be transformed into a subsidised co-working space compete with 62 individual desks and two meeting rooms for Redbridge-based entrepreneurs to inhabit whilst embarking on their journey into the world of business."