Where is Granby?
The Granby Triangle is an area to the south of Liverpool’s city centre in the Liverpool 8 postcode, between Princes Avenue, Upper Parliament Street and Kingsley Road. The area is often referred to as Toxteth, but most residents call it Granby or L8. The Granby Four Streets are remaining terraced streets that were saved from demolition - Beaconsfield St, Cairns St, Jermyn St and Ducie St. They are connected by Granby Street, once the area’s high street.
How did Granby Workshop start?
The workshop grew out of the project to refurbish derelict houses in Granby that had been empty for 20+ years. The houses were secured by the Granby Four Streets CLT (a Community Land Trust set up by local residents) from the council to refurbish as affordable housing. The design of the houses by Assemble uses simple, low cost materials and includes a number of playful, handmade architectural elements that help re-establish the character of the homes following their long neglect. These handmade items were the starting point for Granby Workshop.
A pilot phase of Granby Workshop started in the summer of 2015 in 142 Granby Street, products were prototyped and produced on a small scale. Our first open day and public workshop was held in September 2015. The Turner Prize exhibition opened in October 2015, launching the business.
How is Granby Workshop a social enterprise?
All income from the sale of the products goes back into Granby Workshop and our work with young people in Granby. We will be running a regular programme engaging young people aged 13-18 in creative, practical projects in their neighbourhood.
Why young people?
Granby residents have a long history of working creatively in their streets, but over recent decades this action has tended to predominately be initiated by older generations. We aim to encourage a new generation to participate.