Urban Britain is heavily divided. The homogenisation of our high streets puts pressure on small businesses and local communities. Big business snaps up opportunities while local talent struggles to find a foothold. Every high street starts to look the same.
Forward thinking landowners want to use their assets to make a real impact, but their options are restricted by commercial realities.
In many areas, as local people are displaced by economic or social forces, the situation benefits big businesses with little soul. Vibrant urban communities are replaced by faceless retail chains, and long term development planning leaves swathes of land and landmark buildings empty and underused.
This sequence of events has become accepted narrative for urban Britain. It’s ‘just something that happens’. But we know that it doesn’t have to be this way.
We can do better.
Make Shift works with Local Authorities, landowners and local people to create groundbreaking community developments that showcase culture and help solve some of society’s toughest problems while generating financial returns. .
1.2 Million Visitors per year
at our first project, POP BRIXTON
Our projects bring hundreds of thousands of people to your area; they support local people into entrepreneurship and employment; and they create platforms for local businesses to grow into larger commercial spaces.
Member Businesses from the local borough
at our second project, PECKHAM LEVELS
We work with landowners and local authorities to make sure that the project works for all our partners; and with local people to ensure the space is also designed with their needs in mind.
10,000+ Hours invested
the local community each year
across POP BRIXTON and PECKHAM LEVELS
A LASTING LEGACY
Our meanwhile projects might not last forever but, over the course of their life, they enhance the socio-economic prospects of your area without displacing local people and local business.