“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, we are working alongside the community, the council, investors and the owners of Hope Foundry to enact an alternative vision for the site. 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 purchase of the freehold, amounting to £1.5m, will be funded by private capital and investment through a partnership with the charity which includes an option for us to fully buy back the building, thus securing our future and ability to offer central provision. With a phased approach to fundraising, we are seeking to raise £900,000 through a mix of grant funding and public donations to finance the refurbishment, allowing the charity to sustainably grow.
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