Our new home, Squash, is a pioneering, eco-friendly, community-led food space on Windsor Street that opened on May 4th 2018. 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! The space incorporates our new community business – a food shop, cafe and catering service.
What is it home to?
- healthy, affordable food shop and café + food growing garden
- community kitchen and an enterprise kitchen
- small cinema and making studio
- lab for food experimentation and developing L8 food produce & products
- beautiful community building for everyone to use and be proud of!
What does 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:
- roof is made of recycled steel from Wales
- foundation is made of recycled glass
- wood for the building (larch) is from Scotland and is FSC-certified
- 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 and local steering group.
To become a member or volunteer, or to make a donation, please get in touch
Contact Elise for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org