Expressway, a new hub for local business, skills and community has been launched in the rapidly regenerating Royal Docks
Home to nearly 200 local businesses and supporting over 1,000 jobs across an exciting mix of industries, Expressway by General Projects is Newham’s biggest single employment hub. Launched as part of various initiatives in response to the Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz’s Community Wealth Building platform, it’s an epicentre of skills and SME talent in the area.
The design, led by Architecture 00, focused on the creation of areas for collaboration, learning and interaction. This includes a new event and co-working space, coffee shop and publicly available meeting space. Housed at the centre of a cultural riverside area that is fast becoming known as New Dockland, the area itself is set to be boosted when Crossrail opens at Custom House.
The Youth Incubator Programme is at the heart of Community Wealth Building platform and provides 30 local entrepreneurs with free membership, mentoring from successful business founders and networking opportunities within the building. It will help young people work out how to get from where they are, to where they want to be, whether that be to develop a prototype, raise money against a business plan or launch a social enterprise.
Launched in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Expressway has also unveiled an apprenticeship in partnership with Newham College and the Expressway Genius Bar designed to foster the next generation of young local talent. With access to skills workshops and an ever-changing programme of events, Expressway have in turn created an affordable and viable alternative for individuals and companies looking for a space to work, connect and give back to the community.
For more information, visit expressway.london
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