In December 2019 we took over 80-84 Union Street. It was standing empty and was in a real state. It desperately needed some love and a use that contributed more to the street and our community.
Our vision was to create a space that worked a bit like an allotment where people take a space and make it their own – with sheds, greenhouses and polytunnels making mini spaces that work for local businesses.
We spent January getting rid of the rats and getting the space to be safe enough for the Theatre Royal to come into to perform Underbelly. It was a mission – no lights, no heating and a lot of horrible stuff to clear up and fix…but we got there and a sell out audience experienced a really unique performance in the space.
We then had the University of Plymouth move in with their Health Tech Hub experimenting with how technology could support local people with long term health conditions and the health inequalities in our community.
During lockdown we pushed forward with the space as much as possible so that as things started to open up we could welcome some of our longer term tenants.
Hours of volunteer time and local creativity have transformed the space already with lots more planned and ready to go. The space is filling up with a diverse local community despite the current situation so we can tell it is just going to get more and more unique and collaborative in the years to come. Visit The Plot and find out more here.