Project summary: A 3 week temporary restaurant in Ridley Road Market that featured a food-for-food exchange mechanism on a derelict site along the market stalls.
Location: Hackney, London, UK
Programme: Restaurant: day time take – away, evenings sit down dinner
Initiator: The Decorators / Atelier Chan – Chan
Project Duration: 3 weeks (Opened 14th Sep 2011)
Lead in Time: 6 months (3 weeks on site construction prior to opening)
Site Area: 25m2 project build site
Client Team: Self initiated project
Project Team: Led by four people from an art and architecture collective, The Decorators. Two people from Atelier Chan – Chan collaborated in design and production of the curtain. One carpenter, one theatrical chandelier and about 20 volunteers during the build and the running of the restaurant.
Funding Sources: United House £7.5k, Sells £1.6k
Funding Type: Sponsorship and sails at the bar
Project Costs (Build):
- Total £ 9700
- Labour (volunteers) £ N/A
- Kitchen (PKL transport) £ 520
- Construction Materials: £ 6000
- Contractors £1400
- Water/Power connections: £100
- Permissions & Services: £280
Project Costs (Operation):
- Utensils: £150
- Packaging £700
- Food and drinks £420
Staffing: £ N/A
Profitability/Loss: £600 Loss
Permissions / Permits: Temporary Event Licence, Environmental Health, Insurance
Site Details & Ownership:
Site owned by Zoe Chan, founder of Atelier Chan – Chan collaborated on the project. Site is behind the line of stalls in the market and has visibility from all sides. Site accessible by vehicles.
Project Reach / Visitors / Target Audience:
Aimed at engaging the local community through food, the project attracted approximately 1,000 visitors including passers by. Approximately 760 take away lunches were served and a total of 12 dinners for a total of 60 people.
Problems Encountered / Overcome:
- Lots of problems encountered with the licensing of the project with Hackney Council (building control and environmental health).
- Provision of power and water to a previously undeveloped site.
- No space for toilets.
Feedback from users / staff:
“Regeneration, sustainability, community cohesion and happy vibes. Excellent food”
From market traders:
“It was good there…we miss you being there… you had some nice grub.’
The project opened up discussion around Ridley Road about regeneration alternatives for the market and its future strategies.
- All the wood was taken by the market traders to use in their stalls
- Scaffolding was taken down and reused by United House (sponsors)
- After Ridley’s Hackney Council reconsidered the idea of buying the site
- The Decorators have since then received lots of interest from different markets in London about how they can incorporate similar projects into their markets to to reactivate them
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