InSpire - The Crypt at St Peter's

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InSpire is in the Crypt of St. Peter's Church, Walworth, the Grade 1 listed building by Sir John Soane. Facilities include a digital arts and media centre, an IT suite, conference and performance spaces, a café space and meeting rooms.

Floor plan of InSpire
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InSpire created a satellite centre - 2InSpire - in 2005, based at the bottom of Wendover tower block on the Aylesbury Estate.

The Aylesbury Estate was designed by architect Derek Winch and construction started in 1963 completed in 1977. The estate was an attempt by planners to house some of London's poorest families, housing roughly 10,000 residents, making it the largest public housing estate in Europe.

The 2InSpire space has had several incarnations as a community centre. It was home to The Treehouse Theatre, and most latterly Freestyle Arts. It especially attracts young people with it specialised sprung dance floor and new cinema space.

The whole estate is due to be demolished and rebuilt with a mix of social and private housing. The first phase will commence in September 2008. The scheme part of the New Deal for Communities offering better living standards and opportunities for inner cities.


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Aylesbury NDC/