Coin Street Community Builders is a social enterprise and development trust established by local residents in the 1984. Responsible for developing and managing a significant part of London’s South Bank, Coin Street is creating an inspirational neighbourhood. The 13-acre estate includes designer-maker studios, exhibition spaces such as Bargehouse and gallery@oxo, cafés, bars and restaurants at Oxo Tower Wharf (which won a Building of the Year Award for Urban Regeneration in 1997) and Gabriel’s Wharf.
Since 1984, Coin Street has created Bernie Spain Gardens, the world-famous Riverside Walkway, as well as 220 award winning co-operative homes. From the Coin Street neighbourhood centre it runs a day nursery and family support programmes as well as a wide range of activities for children, families, young people, adults and older people. Surplus from income from commercial activities, such as venue hire, supports its community programmes and activities.
Coin Street employs a team to develop, manage and maintain the site and oversee its commercial activities and community programmes.
Through South Bank Employers’ Group and the South Bank Partnership, Coin Street Community Builders works closely with neighbouring businesses and arts organisations to make the South Bank area a better one in which to live, to work, and to visit.
Coin Street Community Builders is a company ‘limited by guarantee’, which means that it can carry out commercial activity – such as the hire of retail and catering spaces, exhibition, event and conference spaces – but profits must be ploughed back into public service objectives rather than distributed to shareholders.