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Exploring Social Re-purpose

16 June 2022

9:30 -21:30

ADP Architecture is hosting a panel discussion exploring how education and health services, community groups, and property owners can act collaboratively to re-purpose and reinvent the civic high street.

Speakers currently confirmed are:
Iain Nicholson, Founder, The Vacant Shops Academy
Tony Rackstraw, SEL CCG Operational Programme Director - Primary and Community Estate
Alison Crofton, National Development Director (Interim), Homes England
Bob McCurry, Planning Partner, Barton Willmore

The concept builds on our collaborative research initiative, Shopping for Health. This is more than a strategy for repurposing vacant space on the high street; it’s a vision that delves into the opportunities for bringing community amenities, education facilities, health services and living spaces into vacant high street units to help tackle health inequalities, improve population healthcare and address the growing crises of social isolation and mental health.

This will also be reflected in a digital concept model, where each of our sector leaders—health, education, research, commercial, and residential will incorporate their ideas on creating a re-purposed building that explores how stakeholders can benefit individually and collectively.

The pop-up will be open to the public in the day, with a workshop session taking place with students from the University of Westminster, and concluding with the panel discussion for invited guests in the evening.



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University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road

University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London


Please enter the building via the main entrance and report at reception.


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Wheelchair accessible
Wheelchair accessible toilet
Assistance dogs welcome