Coin Street Community Builders, London

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Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) is a social enterprise and development trust which seeks to make London's South Bank a better place in which to live, to work and to visit. CSCB has transformed a largely derelict 13 acre site into a thriving mixed use neighbourhood by creating new co-operative homes; shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars; a park and riverside walkway; sports facilities; by organising festivals and events; and by providing childcare, family support, learning, and enterprise support programmes.



CSCB is a company limited by guarantee established by local residents in 1984 following a campaign against large scale office proposals. The company is controlled by a Board, elected by CSCB members. Only people living locally can become CSCB members. The Board employs staff to manage the company on a day to day basis. Profits are not distributed but are ploughed back into CSCB's public service objective.

220 high quality, well designed homes at affordable rents for people in housing need have been developed to-date. The homes – a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses – are run by four fully mutual housing co-operatives: Mulberry, Palm, Redwood and Iroko. New homes to buy are planned for the Doon Street development.

This project is part financed by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development: Europe Investing in Rural Areas with Defra as the Managing Authority.