HAT Projects were engaged by Tendring District Council in 2018 to complete a market demand and feasibility study for a new workspace facility in Jaywick Sands, one of the most unique and challenging communities in the UK.
HAT undertook extensive research through community networks as well as local agents, to understand the level of demand for commercial space in the area, the type of space required, and the needs of local small-scale businesses, sole traders and potential entrepreneurs in the community.
The objective of the project is to generate a full range of community benefits, from access to affordable fresh food and local services which are not currently found in the community, to employment and training opportunities. A scheme was developed that would offer new affordable commercial units ranging from kiosks to large workshop units suitable for light manufacturing; covered and open air market space; a community garden and other public realm improvements on a seafront site in the heart of the community, which has been derelict for a number of years.
HAT were responsible for further business case development and in 2020 authored the full business case and economic impact assessment for the successful application for capital funding for the project for £2m through SELEP and the Getting Building Fund.