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Limelight shines on Sugarhouse Studios

9 May 2012

Sugar House StudiosA new independent cinema in East London opened its doors to the public after the London Legacy Development Corporation helped bring an abandoned site back into use.

Sugarhouse Studios will showcase the best of independent cinema from East End films to classic Americana movies along with offering a casual Sunday cinema and supper club with resident chef Laura Marten.

The site in High Street, Stratford, is a former sign-writers workshop which is scheduled for demolition 2013 as part of a new residential and business development. Rather than leave the site dormant, the Legacy Corporation has been working with Assemble, a community interest company (CIC) made up of designers and architects, to make use of the space.

The front half of the building has 50 handmade seats by a team of 100 volunteers with a cafe and bar space. The other half contains Assemble’s studio and a large open-plan workshop for small scale design to furniture making and an event space for up to 200 people.

The Legacy Corporation is supporting the project as part of its work to make connections with local communities by spreading the benefits of regeneration from the Olympic Park.

Andrew Altman, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

“We want to spread the benefits of regeneration from the Olympic Park to the surrounding area through creative, community-based projects like the new cinema at Sugarhouse Studios.

“Legacy plans are further ahead than any previous Olympic host city and this if great example of how forgotten parts of East London are being used as opportunities to bring people together.”

Sugarhouse Studios will kick off with a weekend programme with highlights including a screening of the classic McCabe & Miller, a Russian banquet feast and a screening of the cult 70’s British road movie, Radio On with an insight from the director Chris Petit.

A link to the full listings are in the notes to editors below.

Sugarhouse Studios is situated adjacent to Three Mills Island which is a short walk from Pudding Mill Lane and south of the Olympic Park. Assemble will work with community organisations to engage in shaping their local area including public spaces, yards and pedestrian access.

The building is part of Sugar House Lane site which was sold to LandProp by the Olympic Park Legacy Company, now London Legacy Development Corporation, last year, and is scheduled for redevelopment.


Notes for editors:

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Sugarhouse Studios Address: 107 High Street, Stratford, E15 2QQ. For full listings visit

The London Legacy Development Corporation promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding area, in particular by maximising the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It will secure high-quality sustainable development and investment and ensure the long-term success of the facilities and assets within its direct control and supporting and promoting the aim of convergence.

It takes over responsibility for the Park from the Olympic Park Legacy Company, and additional powers including planning powers from October 2012 from the Olympic Delivery Authority and London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. For more information visit:

About Assemble

Assemble are a community interest company made up of artists, architects and designers committed to improving the public realm and creating fantastic spaces for community andcultural activity.

Contesting the traditional divide between client, architect, constructor and user, Assemble involve the public in a hands on, practical way as participant and collaborator in the ongoing realisation of their work.

Assemble will be running the venue and also working with the support of the Legacy Corporation on a range of grass roots community engagement and design projects, aimed at getting local residents more proactively and creatively involved in the future of their public spaces, including parks, pavements, yards and pedestrian provisioning.

Sugarhouse Studios

The Olympic Park Legacy Company granted Assemble £49 000 to deliver Sugarhouse Studios and workspace on land owned by the Legacy Company. The funding and rent agreement will now continue to be overseen by the London Legacy Development Corporation until the land is handed over to Landprop in Jan 2013 date.

The project has been coordinated with work the Olympic Fringe strategy in order to animate the areas and establish community facilities that can grow as the areas around them develop. Together, Assemble and the London Legacy Development Corporation are working to establish the facility in the hope that it can grow and form a permanent part of the area’s future.

For further information contact the Press Office at the London Legacy Development Corporation on +44 (0) 20 3288 1777, +44 (0) 7817 386 499 or email:


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