Welcome to the REinsTate Project.

An innovative initiative that takes a beloved, derelict building and turns it into a living, breathing human enterprise zone for locals, creatives and entrepreneurs – all in a ground-breaking and sustainable way.

The REinsTate Project is...

a social facility for Silvertown. Created and managed by local people by reusing wasted resources and building shared community wealth.

For Creatives

Featuring Art Studios, workshops, residencies, exhibitions, maker spaces and regular events to connect art and artists across the borough.

For Entrepreneurs

Meeting space, digital business, social enterprise, mixed with a creative environment brings everything you need under one roof!

For Everyone

Community cafe, function rooms, event space, regular workshops and a lovely shared garden with growing spaces make a place for all!

"ReSpace is an exemplary social enterprise that will deliver on our social and community wealth-building ambitions for the building and the wider North Woolwich area."

Darren Mackin, DIrector
Community wealth building Newham

A Human Enterprise Zone

Facilities to build strong businesses and communties

Event Space

Beautiful ballroom style event space to recreate the feeling and experience of yesteryear.

Enterprise Hub

DIgital and Social business accelerator with desk space and work from home facilities.

Community Rooms

Available for hire and to put on workshops and educational programmes for local residents.

Performance Stage

Podcasts, Live music, plays and performances.

Artist Studios

Residential art rooms for live/work projects

Music and Radio Studio

Low-cost, fully featured music studio for hire to local musicians and groups. With radio production facilities.

Public Garden

Growing, relaxing and education space for nature lovers.

Community KItchen

Preparing tasty food for members and events.

Craft Workshops

12 Workshop spaces with a large shared collaboration space.

Notable STatistics for Materials saved Value regained

Tonnes Material Saved
0.1 +
Resources rescued
£ 1 +

About Us!

Greetings and a friendly hello from the REinsTate team! We’re a grassroots organisation that recently won the tender for the abandoned yet magnificent Tate Institute.

The REinsTate project is the culmination of 10 years work by ReSpace Projects and 4 years of engagement from the team at Craftory Newham.


Located in Silvertown, Royal Docks, the Tate Institute holds a special place in the community’s heart. Originally built by Henry Tate for his sugar factory workers, it was a central hub until the early 2000s when it sadly closed its doors. Over the years, the building fell into disrepair, with leaking roofs and various other issues emerging. Despite this it remained a cherished memory for locals, even as it became disconnected from the warmth of community engagement.

In 2016, the initial strides toward its current trajectory began. Craftory, an artist collective, squatted this building, cleared an enormous amount of trash and tried to maintain it for approximately four years. During this time, they also hosted numerous free family events for locals. A tremendous amount of collective effort went into the temporary repairs of the building, utilising materials entirely sourced for free. Some of these repairs were makeshift, like the Cinderella poster used to patch a roof leak, which was visible from the London City Airport DLR station. The group comprised builders, artists, and creatives of various backgrounds, all pouring their talents and love into the building at no expense to taxpayers. In 2018, the building reverted to the council’s ownership, and the Craftory group disbanded, each member going their separate ways.

After remaining vacant for an additional four years, the building was open for proposals from organisations aiming to provide the greatest value for the local community. ReSpace emerged as the winning bidder, offering an innovative plan that fosters opportunities for grassroots organisations, entrepreneurs, artists, and the community at large. This story sees continuity as ReSpace and Craftory have been closely linked, offering mutual support. Some members of Craftory will continue collaborating with ReSpace to transform the Tate Institute into a vibrant centrepiece of the community.

The REinsTate project — a visionary initiative aimed at delivering real community impact while generating the value needed to fill the funding gap. By tapping into the vast surplus created by society, particularly from large businesses, ReSpace seeks to repurpose otherwise-wasted resources and redirect them towards a greater good. With around 2 million tonnes of commercial, development, and usable municipal waste generated annually in the area, and a staggering 50% of food going to waste, there’s untapped potential waiting to be unlocked. At its core, the REinsTate project is about more than just restoring a building—it’s about reimagining the future of Silvertown.

By repurposing wasted materials and harnessing the community’s collective resources, ReSpace focuses on its environmental impact and carbon footprint whilst creating key facilities that mitigate social and economic disparities. It’s a win-win scenario that not only breathes new life into a cherished landmark but also paves the way for a more sustainable and inclusive future.

As we continue to move forward, the REinsTate project stands as a shining example of what’s possible when communities come together to reclaim their history and shape their future. With the Tate Institute poised for revival, the REinsTate project offers a glimmer of hope amidst the challenges of our time. Together, we can turn the page on neglect and write a new chapter of resilience, prosperity, and community spirit in Silvertown.

Love, the REinsTate team. X.

REinsTate is brought to you by ReSpace Projects

Phasing Strategy

Project timeline

Phase 1

Safe, Watertight and Operational

Phase 2

A hive of activity making spaces that people actually need. 

Phase 3

Delivering a cutting-edge social facility that empowers and connects the entire community

Latest News

Events, Opinions, news and more...

News and Updates
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EVent HighLights

Craft Workshop

Community BBQ

Hardhat Tours


Opportunities for Volunteering now

Would You Like to Get involved?

At the present, we are organising volunteer days aimed at assisting with a range of tasks, including:

  • Supporting events
  • Crafting social media content
  • Tending to gardens
  • Painting walls
  • Engaging in DIY projects
  • Assisting with resourcing efforts

To volunteer please get in touch with Freddie or Elena: [email protected] or [email protected]

Design Plans

We have reached Design Stage 2 for the reconstruction of the Tate Institute, and submitted for planning permission. Below are the buildings stage 2 documents, if you have any thoughts, questions, or comments, please email Lottie our Construction Coordinator Lead on [email protected] or pop into the Tate during office hours or during any Event.

Our Team

You couldn't be in better hands


Project Manager


Communication Lead


Art and ENgagement


SocIo-Economic lead




Resource Coordinator


OPERATIONS coordinator


Alliance Lead


Build Coordinator

and our Guardians...





Contact Us

Use the form or email [email protected]


1 Wythes Road

E16 2DN

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