Kevin McCloud’s grand design for a public toilet

We’ve had a good showing of eccentric projects on Spacehive, including the creation of an enormous papier mache bust of the Queen, strapped to a barge, for a floating carnival in London, and the conversion of a derelict old Edinburgh phone box into a very small art gallery. The latest fantastical folly to battle the often impersonal monotony of our public spaces is just as daring.

Local residents in Frome, Somerset, have hatched a plan to transform an abandoned toilet block into a café and gallery space for local artists to exhibit their work. Leading the pledging frenzy is none other than Kevin McCloud – Channel 4’s Grand Designs presenter and a local resident!Kevin McCloud

Kevin pledged £300 towards the toilet transformation, alongside 62 other funders including Experian – our corporate match funder for town improvements. “Public space needs creativity,” he told Spacehive. “It needs art and it needs local involvement in order for it to thrive.

“Without these things, the spaces between buildings – the public areas that ought to be where we flourish as social creatures – will remain barren and mediocre. It’s human imagination, not concrete and tarmac, that make our towns and cityscapes enjoyable places”. We couldn’t agree more Kevin!

Find out more by listening to this Heart FM interview with the project promoter – Katy Duke – and if you fancy helping to make it happen, here’s the place to go!

By |2019-01-02T16:00:15+00:00February 27th, 2013|High Streets|

About the Author:

Chris is the Founder and CEO of Spacehive, the world’s first crowdfunding platform for civic projects. He is a former Sunday Times staff journalist who covered architecture and planning, as well as leading the paper’s London coverage. He launched Spacehive in 2012 as a social business to stimulate new sources funding and creativity for the civic environment. Since then the platform has helped to deliver a diverse mix of projects across the UK - from a new community centre in Wales to a giant waterslide in the middle of a Bristol high street. He has won awards for Spacehive from the Big Venture Challenge, Nesta, UnLtd, Deloitte and Downing Street.