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Jaywick Sands Workspace

HAT Projects have been engaged by Tendring District Council to deliver an ambitious £1.2m Jaywick Sands Market and Workspace, having previously been commissioned to undertake a feasibility and business case for the project, taking place in one of the most unique and challenging communities in the UK.

HAT undertook extensive research through community networks as well as local agents, to understand the level of demand for commercial space in the area, the type of space required, and the needs of local small-scale businesses, sole traders and potential entrepreneurs in the community.

The objective of the project is to generate a full range of community benefits, from access to affordable fresh food and local services which are not currently found in the community, to employment and training opportunities. The scheme will offer new affordable commercial units ranging from kiosks to large workshop units suitable for light manufacturing; covered and open air market space; a community garden and other public realm improvements on a seafront site in the heart of the community, which has been derelict for a number of years.

Paul Honeywood, TDC Cabinet Member with special responsibility for Jaywick Sands, said he was excited to see the plans coming forward.

“The site is such a key location to the Brooklands and Grasslands area of Jaywick Sands, acting as a gateway to those communities, so it is important that the project is a real landmark,” Councillor Honeywood said.

Hana added: “Jaywick Sands is such a brilliant place to work in due to the energy in the community and the desire to work together to improve things.

“We are excited to be involved in this project to deliver something which will be a real benefit to local residents.”

HAT were responsible for business case development and in 2020 authored the full business case and economic impact assessment for the successful application for capital funding for the project for £2m through SELEP and the Getting Building Fund.