Plans for a creative hub in London Fields, backed by Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien, received a boost this week after Hackney Council granted The Laundry a licence.
O’Brien is hoping to redevelop a 1950s laundry building to create a five-storey creative hub including a basement events space, a ground floor bar and restaurant, studios and workshops and eight flats.
An application lodged with Hackney Council said the venture intends to create strong ties with the music industry. Planning permission must now also be granted to allow the project to go ahead.
A licence was granted until 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays and 11.30 the rest of the week. The venue had applied for a licence until 4am throughout the week but this was rejected due to concerns about the impact on nearby residents.
The building is near London Fields station on a site surrounded by Sidworth Street, Mentmore Terrace and Warburton Road.
Those behind the venture said they want to create a hub with strong ties to the music industry, with a reputation for showcasing good art and performance, and an “important extension of the work of musician Ed O’Brien”.
Workspaces and studios would be built on the ground, first and second floors, with flats on the two uppermost levels. The plans also include a communal roof terrace with an allotment growing produce for the restaurant.