Union Corner

We have crowd funded to get a shop front and garden fence on Union Corner - we had amazing support, all of these businesses helped our successful campaign and now we just have to make it happen! www.crowdfunder.co.uk/unioncorner

Over a hundred people donated and over 35 businesses contributed - a huge thank you to all these local businesses!!!

Stonehouse Tennis Club, Recycling Plymouth, Edmundson electrical, Acacia Training and Development, Spectrum Photo Laboratories, Devonport Carpets, ADS Window Films, Burnetts Auto Care, Stonehouse Music School, SMB Plating, King Street News, Waste Partnership, Millfields Trust, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council, Devon Community Homes, Artillery Arms, Union Glass, Lord High Admiral, Stonehouse Timebank, N J Frood Builder, Sloggett and Son, Culture and Arts Network, Glad Rags, Grosvenor Chambers Reclamation, Foto Now, Dom Moore Photography, Lesley Jayne Jewellery, Master St James Black Belt Academy, Rock Salt, Seco and Martin Bush.

This is what we've done so far:

Stonehouse Action has worked with a local land owner to agree use of 96 and 98 Union Street.

Together with Stonehouse Timebank, the Glad Rags Group, Stepping Stones to Stonehouse and organisations working in the area we will be creating a garden and shop where people can test business ideas, make things and meet each other.

It's a beginning of an exciting project this is what has happened so far:

  • 8 May 2014 - we got the keys
  • June 2014 - we introduced the project and gathered ideas at the Big Lunch
  • August 2014 - Research+Design helped develop a great plan for the shop
  • September 2014 - we discussed our ideas and designs with local people and cleared two skip loads of rubbish out
  • November 2014 - probation put in insulation and new reclaimed doors and we hosted the Lantern Parade, Seed Store and Cafe Concrete events - the space is being used!
  • December 2014 - the electrics were fixed - we have light! thanks to Community First
  • January 2015 - the exterior wall was rendered and painted thanks to Sovereign Housing and Spectrum Housing
  • June 2015 - we Crowdfunded for £10,000 to do the shopfront and garden fence
  • November 2015 - we finally got planning permission to do everything!
  • December 2015 - the old shopfront (what was left of it) came down
  • January 2016 - the new frame arrived thanks to Flux Metal
  • February 2016 - we got windows!
  • March 2016 - shopfront done and garden fence going up
  • April 2016 - banners up and inside of the shop decorated

What's next?

  • Use it! This is a space for you to try out ideas and make things happen in your community.
  • Getting the garden going at the Timebank Saturdays
  • Putting in a boiler and heating thanks to Plymouth Community Homes
The shop front plans...this isn't any old shop front, it opens up to create a market stall, performance space or a functional shop front with spaces to look into the garden...they close up securely when we're not there. The idea is to get something really unique that engages passers by, attracts the community living in and around the street to pop in, is affordable and improves a building that has been out of use and eyesore for twenty years.