To include a presentation from Nick Hartwright, CEO of This is Projekt.
Presentation from This is Projekt
The Mayor welcomed Nick Hartwright, CEO of This is Projekt, who had been invited to the meeting to talk about the development of Easthampstead House for its meanwhile use as Easthampstead Works.
This is Projekt had been founded 10 years ago when Nick needed a space from which to run his small business. Nick explained that he had rented a Victorian warehouse in Bethnal Green. London and sublet shared workspaces to other small business owners. Following the sale of this unit, This is Projekt had started working with Hackney Council to develop old Local Authority buildings.
Nick explained that Projekt are a not for profit social enterprise, and were keen to facilitate community work in their buildings.
Easthampstead Works would be Projekt’s first building developed outside of London. Nick explained that the building would consist of a mixture of shared workspace and separated offices. The building would include a café and community space for classes, exhibitions and events. Projekt had been pleased with progress in Bracknell so far, and felt that the development in Easthampstead Works would complement the Lexicon.
It was hoped that Easthampstead Works would open its doors to tenants in April 2019.
In response to Members’ queries, the following points were noted:
· An Instagram account had been set up for Easthampstead Works (EasthampsteadWorks) and the website would be launched when the building opened for use (easthampsteadworks.co.uk).
· The building would be open during daytime hours for public access, and there would be flexibility for tenants to access the building at any time.
· Tenants would be encouraged to make use of apprenticeships, work experience and other learning opportunities for young people.
Mayor’s Spring Soiree
The Mayor reminded Members of his Spring Soiree on 22 March 2019 at Bracknell Rugby Club, which would involve entertainment from the Acoustic Couch and morris dancers.
Mayor’s upcoming events
The Mayor informed Members of his upcoming events. The Mayor’s Charity Quiz would be held on the evening of 5 April 2019 at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre, and the Mayor’s Charity Golf Day would be held from 9:30am on 26 April 2019 at Downshire Golf Complex.
The Mayor had been pleased to attend the Bracknell Forest Council Staff Awards on 23 January 2019, which had recognised the achievements and contributions of officers to support the Council’s values.
New Play facilities at Harvest Hill
Councillor McCracken reported that the new play area at Harvest Hill had been installed and would accommodate children from toddlers to 12 year olds. Councillor McCracken congratulated the Rangers on this piece of work.
Staff Award for the Rangers
Councillor McCracken congratulated Stephen Chown, Head of Parks & Countryside and the Rangers team who had been celebrated at the Staff Awards.
Cemetery and Crematorium donation to Thames Hospice
Councillor McCracken reported that the Cemetery and Crematorium had made a donation of £7,000 to Thames Valley Hospice. The money had been raised through metal recycling using any metals recovered after cremation.
Heat Hero Hazel Hill
Councillor Mrs Hayes and Councillor D Birch jointly recognised Hazel Hill, Sustainable Energy Officer, who had been presented with a Heat Heroes award at the House of Commons for her work to tackle heat poverty at Warfield Park. Councillor Dale Birch stressed the importance of warm homes for maintaining health of older residents, and asked the Mayor to present Hazel with her award.
Dogs for Good
Councillor Dale Birch reported that the Council’s Dogs for Good programme had been shortlisted for the iESE Social Care Innovation Award.
Councillor Mrs Hayes informed members that re3 had produced 6000 bags of compost made from garden waste collection, which would be on sale at Smallmead and Longshot Lane.
Maestros Royal Albert Hall concert
CouncillorDr Barnard informed members that young people from Bracknell Forest would be joining 1800 young musicians from across Berkshire to perform at the Royal Albert Hall on 11 March 2019. Councillor Dr Barnard thanked teachers for their support in planning the event.