Carl Turner: How to Develop ‘Meanwhile Spaces’

Carl Turner

Carl Turner

How do you breathe life into an empty site while it awaits re-development?

Ask Carl Turner.

He’s the founder of celebrated architecture practice, Turner Works.

He’s also a developer and operator of commercial real estate.

Carl’s CRE projects include London’s hit mixed-use developments, Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels.

In theory, both projects are temporary as they occupy land slated for redevelopment.

As a result, they’re known as ‘meanwhile spaces’.

Done well, meanwhile spaces allow a landlord to extract value from a site while figuring out what to do with it long term.

Even better, a meanwhile space can reveal the best long-term use for the land it sits on.

In today’s interview, Carl explains how he’s turned unused spaces into destinations enjoyed by millions.

Listen now and you’ll learn:

  • Why he likes activating public spaces.
  • How he plans, builds and operates meanwhile spaces.
  • How he gets the tenant mix right.
  • How he structures his tenants’ leases and rents.
  • How he creates a buzz that attracts massive footfall.
  • How he’s now applying his understanding of meanwhile spaces to refresh entire towns.
  • And MUCH more…

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Pop Brixton

Photography by Tim Crocker

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Peckham Levels

Photography by Tim Crocker

Peckham Levels

Peckham Levels

Peckham Levels

Peckham Levels

Peckham Levels

Coachworks

Photography by Guy Archer

Coachworks

Coachworks

Coachworks

Coachworks

Coachworks

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