Got an Idea?
Got a creative idea for a vacant space? Any individual or group developing their own original work or idea, be it a creative business idea, a community project or art project are eligible to apply to the brokerage as long as their work, product, services or process is distinctive and unique. Applications are then prioritised by an advisory panel based on the following criteria.
Bring life to Wellington. Projects should be fresh, dynamic and open to the public. They can be anywhere within Wellington City Council boundaries - not just the CBD.
Provide the unique and innovative. We are not interested in turning the city into another copy of itself or one type of space or gallery. Part of the selection process is the encouragement of mixed use, diversity and variety. Actively contribute to the thinking, use and design of urban spaces. Projects will also be helping ensure more diverse communities are represented publicly.
Demonstrate professionalism and a very clear idea. Projects should have future potential for growth, and individuals/organisations should demonstrate that they are ready to look after a space professionally and responsibly.
Pay attention to their project’s context. Projects should demonstrate an awareness of Wellington City’s current usages, issues and history. This includes, where applicable, recognition of mana whenua and the city's Maori whakapapa. We look to work with property owners to be sensitive in the placement of projects and new enterprises in relationship to existing surrounding uses. We are looking to assist in the revitalisation of areas, so the context for your project is important.
Existing Relocating Projects Projects that involve relocating from an existing rented commercial space in Wellington city are not eligible. We do not want to undermine existing businesses and tenancies. Rather, we prioritise new projects and initiatives.
How It Works
Licenses for properties are negotiated on a rent-free basis, either for a prescribed period or on a rolling license that gives either party the ability to give the other 30 days notice. Licensees pay a small weekly fee of $10 to UDB to help with the coverage of insurance and breakages. The temporary license (developed in partnership with major property owners) provides that the licensee: does not make alterations to the property without the licensor's consent; covers the cost of power and utilities; obtains through UBD public liability insurance; and takes the property on a "as is where is basis".
For the application process go here.