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Jaywick Sands Workspace

HAT Projects have been engaged by Tendring District Council to deliver an ambitious £1.2m Jaywick Sands Market and Workspace, having previously been commissioned to undertake a feasibility and business case for the project, taking place in one of the most unique and challenging communities in the UK.

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. The scheme includes 25 affordable business units ranging from shopfront kiosks to office and light industrial units, indoor and outdoor market space, training room, cafe and community garden (developed with Beth Chatto Gardens) as well as public WCs and other improvements on a seafront site in the heart of the community, which has been derelict for a number of years.

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, authoring the full business case and economic impact assessment in 2020 for the successful application for capital funding for the project for £2m through SELEP and the Getting Building Fund.

A planning application has now been submitted for the scheme and we hope to start on site later in the year.