We are very pleased to announce that we have now signed the lease for a new premises! As of October 2015* the One World Shop will be moving to ...
City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
*date to be confirmed
The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church is nestled in the corner of Nicolson Square, just off Nicolson Street which has great bus routes and easily accessed by car or on foot from all directions. In May 2014, they completed a £2.5 million refurbishment project to make the church more accessible, create a new café and outdoor terrace area, renovated meeting rooms and the auditorium and establish itself as a thriving Edinburgh Fringe venue.
Before the renovations, the cafe was located in the basement of the church. The large space will be split in two, so that it can be shared between ourselves and The Dream Factory. The Dream Factory is a new hub for creativity and enterprise. It includes small business incubation, and Hope’s Garden is the pioneering business for the project.
We will also make use of what was the kitchen for storage, a small chapel as the office and the corridor leading into the space from the front of the building. The new shop is accessed at the front, down a few steps via the car park, but there is also access for those unable to manage the steps by the lift accessed from the cafe or deliveries via the back of the building down a ramp (not pictured).
We're really looking forward to connecting with lots of new organisations and businesses in the new location. Edinburgh University, the Mosque and Festival Theatre will hopefully bring in many new customers for us.
The space that we're moving into wasn't included in the existing refurbishment, but some
work is still on-going in the basement rooms. A wall will be built to divide up the main room, we also need to install ventilation for the storage space and new doors will need to be fitted. Once we've completed the main building works, new flooring, decorating and shop fit-out will need to begin as well as creating a store room and office - so, there's a lot of work to do!
Currently, we've raised about £5,000 from various fundraising activities in the 15 months, but we need to seriously step up our game if we are going to have a shop that looks as great as the products it will be flaunting.
Once we have some good design plans down, we will have a better idea of what our specific expenses are going to be. We're planning a few more fundraising events, but we're relying on help from our friends and members with ideas and planning. Please get in touch if you have a fundraising idea, or an event that proceeds could be donated to us from.