3Space's Hatch Project Turns Empty Banks Into Free Public Space

By: Alyson Wyers - Jan 28, 2015
References: 3spaceoxford.tumblr & springwise
Barclay's Bank is partnering up with charity 3Space to turn vacant vaults into free public space the community can use for creative projects. Called Hatch, the 3Space initiative re-purposes the bank's under-utilized properties as a makers space intended for social entrepreneurs, early stage startups and community groups. The first Hatch branch opened in Oxford in December.

The free public space is the first of four to be opened this year. In addition to offering desk space, Hatch Oxford provides mentoring options as well as 3D printer access, sewing machines and workshop tools within the Makervault.

Based in the UK, 3Space is all about altruistic real estate and helping non-profit organizations and community projects by recycling vacant commercial properties.