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January 18, 2015

Gillett Square

Gillett Square is a unique public space in the heart of Dalston, East London. A large, free space with the potential to become something site specific, or to remain as a blank canvas for the surrounding community to paint differently each day.

The square is a quiet off road, branching off from the busy Kingsland road; a granite open space flanked by jazz bars, cafes, food outlets and a host of other local initiatives. The square is visited and inhabited daily by people from a range of ages and both socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, who share access to the space for both work and play.

Gillett Square provides a vital piece of public space at a time when it is both scarce and desperately needed. The urban area of Dalston is in the 10% most deprived wards in the UK. The area has no public parks, only 4.22 hectares of open space; it is a traffic dominated environment and a cramped and hostile pedestrian one. Hackney Co-operative Developments work with many partners to ensure that Gillett Square provides opportunities to offer the community a vital refuge and place to congregate in sociability and celebration.