Meanwhile in Oxfordshire project

"Meanwhile in Oxfordshire..." project

Cherwell regional online meeting Monday 7 June 2021

A Cherwell-region meeting to discuss the Meanwhile in Oxfordshire programme with potential occupiers and applicants.

This online meeting will be hosted by Makespace Oxford and is specifically for any individuals or organisations interested in discussing meanwhile space in Cherwell. For more information and to register your place, visit the meeting's Eventbrite page.


New uses for empty spaces

Cherwell District Council and partners have teamed up with social enterprise ‘Makespace Oxford’ to launch a £1.9m revitalisation of vacant shops across Oxfordshire to lead the local economic ‘bounce back’ from the COVID-19 crisis during 2021.

The project – called ‘Meanwhile in Oxfordshire…’ will see vacant retail units in high streets across the county transformed into independent shops, cultural venues, creative studios and co-working space.

The aim is to provide affordable premises to accommodate more than 100 organisations, which will create or secure at least 300 jobs across Oxfordshire.

‘Meanwhile in Oxfordshire…’ will reduce the number of vacant units in the county’s high streets and enable entrepreneurs to fill them with new and innovative enterprises and organisations’. This will diversify the offer in Oxfordshire’s town and city centres, and give people more reasons to visit and to keep on returning.

Oxfordshire’s district councils, including Oxford City Council, are working with the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) to make it happen, having secured £1.9m of funding from the Government’s Getting Building Fund. Not-for-profit organisation ‘Makespace Oxford’ has been commissioned to run the project.

Makespace Oxford has formed a consortium with other local organisations to combine the expertise and knowledge needed to deliver results across the county.

This partnership includes Wild Property, Transition by Design, Soha Housing, Fusion Arts, Aspire Oxfordshire and Independent Oxford, alongside national experts in this field, Meanwhile Space CIC.

These organisations will identify, secure, fit out, let and manage dozens of vacant units throughout Oxfordshire during 2021 with the expectation that the businesses and town centre vitality will continue well beyond this time.


Contact the team and get involved

Makespace and the Council’s project team officers are keen to speak to landlords of vacant high street retail units across Oxfordshire’s urban centres, and also potential occupiers. Landlords and occupiers can get in touch with Makespace by visiting the Makespace Oxford website or use the links below: