The future of shopping

Core Connections Director Elizabeth Wrigley hosted a video on the future of shopping coming out of lockdown as one of a series of videos for sintered stone company Neolith.

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We looked at new uses on High Streets such as the former BHS just off Oxford Street in London that is now a food hall, and a disused cinema in Brighton very close to the Royal Pavilion that is residential now but with a foyer area open to public access. We discussed the new ideas about using roof spaces to grow food, that tenant businesses can access for tasty locla lunch ingredients.

Local high street shops are seeing a bit of a renaissance due to people working from home and accessing their shops on foot or by bike. The new pilot schemes to reclaim space to walk in on roads could be interesting experiments for the future.

Other uses should be welcomed into high streets such as co-working spaces for those who do not want to commute every day but who need a space that is not in the home. Empty spaces above shops could be converted, as could redundant acres of car parks and redundant floors of multi-storey car parks such as the one in Peckham that has become an artists paradise.