Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA) presented the Innovation Award, sponsored by Oxford Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), to the Jericho-based organisation at Oxford Town Hall on 5 June.
The project, housed in Wadham’s Aristotle House, is a collaboration between Transition by Design, Aspire Oxford, The Community Action Group Project and Broken Spoke. The initiative was also shortlisted for the Working Together Award, recognising successful partnership projects.
“We are really pleased to have been presented with this award and thank OxLEP and OCVA for this recognition,” says Co- Director of Makespace Oxford, Alice Hemming. “We feel that this highlights the importance of this kind of pioneering approach in Oxfordshire and the demand for affordable space for sustainability, creativity and community,” she adds.
The Aristotle House building is due for re-development. In the interim, Wadham is partnering with Makespace Oxford to make a positive community contribution.
Makespace Oxford is now home to twenty design, community and creative projects. The latest residents to join the space are the Library of Things, the Young Women’s Music Project and Sabali Pots.
The Makespace Oxford project will officially launch on 14 July at 2pm – 6pm, with an open house event involving open studios, talks and performances from residents.