Boundary Court Community Hub
|Joyce & Snells Estate, Upper Edmonton, Enfield
|Community Space, Retrofit, Research
|Simple Works, CJD Consultancy, Stockdale
Responding to the brief, Okra have proposed a multi-phased approach to re-activating the building. The proposal for Phase 1 involves a light refurbishment to the existing building, to allow for its immediate use. A low cost café and flexible spaces will support the growth of local community organisations and enable signposting to initiatives in the local area. Phase 2 proposes a more extensive refurbishment to create a transformative and accessible community hub, which will enable a greater variety of activities to take place.
To inform the proposal Okra employed a wide variety of engagement methodologies, which utilised the existing building and surrounding public realm, exploring ideas directly through the programming of public activities. Through the series of in-person workshops, Okra worked closely with residents, community organisations and emerging local groups, learning from their knowledge and experiences.
The outcome of this multifaceted approach is a deeper understanding of key local priorities and the building of relationships, allowing for meaningful resident input in defining the brief and informing the design work. Okra also responded to community priorities and developing local authority policy around food poverty and have undertaken a research study on emerging food hub typologies, exploring how key principles can be applied as part of any future proposal for the site.