“MAP Charity are looking to provide a replicable model resolving the tension between regeneration and the support, retention and preservation of the existing strengths of an area and the community within it. This is an important project for our city, and ever more relevant in the light of Leeds’ cultural aspirations.”
Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council
Hope Foundry is MAP Charity’s current home of ten years, under which we have developed a bold new vision. We plan to see this stunning building further evolve as a vital creative hub for Leeds, opening its doors to new facilities and spaces in 2020 to benefit the whole community. This will allow for our impact to be amplified, reaching new and wider audiences while positively contributing to the local economy.
Built in 1831, Hope Foundry is a stunning Grade II Listed building with a long standing history of making, creating and inventing as part of Leeds’ proud industrial heritage. With the site under threat of redevelopment into luxury flats, a one-off investment of £2.4m is needed to purchase, preserve and restore Hope Foundry. This will ensure that MAP Charity’s pioneering work with young people continues to develop and inspire, delivering a sustainable legacy for Leeds.
Purchasing Hope Foundry will enable MAP Charity to create a kitchen, café, roof-garden, studios, co-working, event, gallery and retail spaces whilst safeguarding the charity’s central provision for young people. The plan is to create a single site with multiple uses, that directly feeds back into the common goal of advancement of future generations, particularly for those with less opportunities to pursue creative paths.
The majority of this one-off fund would be used to purchase the freehold of the property, thus securing MAP Charity’s future and ability to offer central provision. The freehold of Hope Foundry will amount to £1.5m, while the remainder £0.9m will be spent on capital investment and initial start-up costs for the project. If, however, we are unable to take ownership, we’ll invest all funds in a new home where we can realise our vision for the Hope Foundry Project
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