Squash is housed in our community-designed building which opened to the public in May 2018. As well as an events and workshop/gallery space, meeting and office rooms and a food garden, the Squash building also houses our community food business.
We were really proud when we won the People’s Prize in the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products Awards last year – see here for a short film about it!
Planned and designed by 30 local residents since 2014, volunteers and staff are really excited about sharing this beautiful timber-frame building and welcoming food garden with you!
What is Squash home to?
- a healthy, affordable food shop and café + food growing garden
- a community kitchen and an enterprise kitchen
- a small cinema and making studio
- a lab for food experimentation and developing food produce & products
- a beautiful community building for everyone to use and be proud of!
What can it provide?
- regular opportunities to share food together as a community
- volunteer & apprentice opportunities and jobs for local residents
- food entrepreneur incubator programmes
- women’s food business support
- cook/chef-run cultural food events
- seasonal gatherings including film screenings, music, markets & talks
- an affordable space to hire for meetings, events, conferences & parties
- training in nutrition, cooking, food growing, craft & arts skills and low carbon living
How was it designed?
The building was planned by a team of 30 dedicated local people working with brilliant architect Marianne Heaslip from community-design specialist architecture firm Urbed, who together want to make a friendly, ecological, beautiful, green and welcoming space for everyone!
What is it built of?
The building has a timber frame and is timber clad. This is the greenest and most environmentally friendly way to make a building. The design team have thought very carefully about all aspects of the construction:
- the roof is made of recycled steel from Wales
- the foundation is made of recycled glass
- the wood for the building (larch) is from Scotland and is FSC-certified
- the insulation is made from recycled newspaper
- much of the electricity is generated through using solar panels on the roof
How was it funded who will run it?
A group of local people put in a lot of voluntary hours to buy the land and build the building. We raised essential funds through a crowdfunder, Social Investment Business, Plunkett Foundation, Biffa, Liverpool NHS, Liverpool One Foundation, Tudor Trust, Marks and Spencer Energy Fund, Power to Change/Big Lottery, Howdens Kitchens, Liverpool City Council. The project is run by Squash, our members & local steering group.
To become a member or volunteer, or to make a donation, please get in touch
Contact Clare for more information on 0151 707 7897 or firstname.lastname@example.org