With an increasing amount of stalled schemes due to the recession and vacant plots of land lying empty developers have come up with ingeneous plans to generate income from them whilst pushing back development. Land Securities 'Park House' dinosour exhibition comes to mind as does Hammerson's 'Bishops Place' golf driving range to the north of Liverpool Street, both previously blogged here and here.
Well here's another, not quite on the scale on the previous two but just as imaginative. It's for the uses of a petrol station forecourt as a cinema. The site has remained in the same state as below since it gained consent back in 2008 for 8 private residential units, 4,000sqm of B1 office space and 900sqm of A1 retail space. Here's their website.
And here's what the cinema will look like...
It looks as though all they're going to do is wrap some curtain round the forecourt, give it a lick of paint and find a projector from somewhere. Very Shoreditch. It won't last long though, the planning application states it will be showing Thursday to Sunday for just 24 days.