New Space Launched For Days Of Action

Over the last three weeks people have been preparing an abandoned warehouse in Shoreditch to host events over the weekend of the days of action for squats and autonomous spaces. This week, artists have been transforming the place for an exhibition themed around land use, gentrification, housing and reclaiming space. The building opens on Saturday at 10am with a program of films, discussion and skill sharing till 7pm and again on Sunday. The space will also be hosting a freeshop and squatters estate agency.

The squatted warehouse
The squatted warehouse

Art work in the ally
Art work in the ally

Our towering neighbours
Our towering neighbours

View of diggers outside the window
View of diggers outside the window

The new stairs were a great help
The new stairs were a great help

Plenty of people come and go
Plenty of people come and go

Map aids London Squatter
Map aids London Squatter

Checking out the properties available in the squatters estate agency
Checking out the properties available in the squatters estate agency

Some of the artwork on the 1st floor
Some of the artwork on the 1st floor

Free shop - fridge, kitchen sink and all
Free shop – fridge, kitchen sink and all


The four storey building had been deliberately left empty for years even though the planning authorities won’t allow it to be demolished. Instead of using using/renting or selling the building, the owners have instead totally gutted the inside to deter squatters, stairs removed, floorboards pulled up, pipework yanked out and toilets smashed. As if that wasn’t bad enough they have left the building open to the elements with smashed windows and a bloody great hole torn out of the roof. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the developers are waiting for the building to fall into disrepair enough to justify its demolition.

Despite all the damage it was considered worth squatting anyway, partly due to the symbolic value of occupying and renovating a building that the owners are leaving empty while they wait for it to fall apart, but also because it has most of the attributes we wanted and is very conveniently located.

Right on the edge of the city of London, the squat is overshadowed by a massive new 700 million pound development site pushing out into Shoreditch. A huge glistening glass tower block is the first of many that will be built here, transforming the area completely. The warehouse stands alone with earth movers parked in the open area between it and the construction trains and tower blocks, an almost exact real life replica of the image used on the April2008 website.

The squat is located in Bowl Court which is up Plough Court next to the junction of Great Eastern Street and Shoreditch High Street.

Find out about other events taking place over the days of action in London, here http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/04/395938.html