The Power of Norwood High Street
Times are changing. Retail is in crisis. Flexible working is on the rise and consumers want experiences as well as shopping. A Small Studio is trying to address this challenge by using their empty shop as a pilot project. Working with the local community and in collaboration with Station to Station, A Small Studio, an architecture practice based in West Norwood, Lambeth, proposed a radical re-think of the use of Norwood High Street. The Power of Norwood High Street is a case study developed by A Small Studio to convert an abandoned off-license shop into a flexible affordable workspace and simultaneously hold a month-long community consultation about the potential of this declining stretch of high street. This case study has been used as evidence base for the Neighbourhood Plan, and as an incubator for local creative economies. Both of these aims are actively testing the resilience of Norwood High Street as a place of reinvention.