Useful Links

We’re always on the look out for organisations and resources which offer advice when it comes to empty shop projects – if you think the list below is missing anything, then please just let us know!

The Guardian Small Business Network

In September 2013 we tok part in a live Q&A discussion on the Guardian Small Business Network site, answering questions on all things related to setting up, managing and marketing a pop-up project! The full discussion, which includes many great answers from other organisations working with pop-ups and empty spaces, can still be viewed online here.

Meanwhile Space

Meanwhile Space works with landlords, landowners, developers and local authorities to relieve them temporarily of liabilities (insurance, rates, security etc.) associated with holding redundant shops, offices, cleared land etc. whilst an appropriate commercial solution is being sought. By working with local communities and other stakeholders, interim or ‘Meanwhile,’ uses are deployed to reanimate the space and provide opportunities for community benefit and social enterprise.


Our friends over at US-based pop-up marketplace Storefront have produced a wonderful 36 page e-book full of tips and advice for anyone thinking of running their own pop-up project. Best of all? It’s delivered straight to your inbox completely free of charge! Sign up online here.

Communities and Local Government

Download the guidance paper for town centres which first laid out the need for meanwhile use. The government has also produced template meanwhile use leases.

The Empty Shops Network

Dan Thompson’s Empty Shops Network is a brilliant resource for anyone interested in the finding out using empty shops for a range of projects. There is also a collection of resources available to download for free from the website, which give great tips on how to make use of empty spaces.

We Are Pop Up

If you’re looking for space for a commercial or for-profit pop-up project in the UK, check out the wide range of properties available over at We Are Pop Up. Their site also features lots of great advice and success stories for all your pop-up inspiration!

The Portas Review

In 2011 Mary Portas was commissioned by the government to produce a report on the future of the UK’s high streets – her findings can be seen on her website here.

A Door For

Looking for a space to hire for a commercial project? Check out A Door For‘s brilliant website to easily contact, view and hire spaces.

Appear Here

Search for pop-up spaces easy through Appear Here‘s portal, they have brilliant spaces in cities across the UK!


Social media

You can find 3Space sharing news and ideas all over the web.  Join the conversation by checking us out on the following platforms:

Twitter - We regularly use our Twitter account to share the latest projects taking place in our spaces, as well as to advertise new properties and opportunities which arise. Use the #emptyshops hashtag to find out what’s going on in your area.

Tumblr - Our Tumblr blog is a place for inspiration and ideas. Whenever we find a concept or project we really like, we blog it, working to create a great archive and living resource for anyone interested in empty shops, high street regeneration and urban intervention.

Pinterest - Our Pinterest profile is full of ideas for reviving empty shops and making them look exciting again. Check out our Empty Space and Shop Window ideas boards for some particularly fun and inspiring thoughts on how to transform a space.

Facebook – We use our Facebook page to help spread the word about the work we do and what’s currently going on in all our spaces.  ‘Like’ us to keep up to date with our latest news, blog entries, events, photos and any other fun stuff we come across!

Youtube – Check out the videos on our Youtube channel for an insight in to the work and projects users get up to in our spaces.