Wash Your Words
Opening Soon

Our Wash Your Words open day was a huge success. 

Thank you to everyone who came down and had a go at our sock puppet and book bag making workshops. We hope you all had as much fun as we did! 

The new library and laundry room will be open in the next couple of weeks. Keep your eyes peeled on our socials for more details.

Langdale Library & Laundry Room

The concept initially came from a previous LeftCoast project in the area, called Mereside at Play. Through funding from BetterStart, we were undertaking a programme of creative engagement around the development of green spaces in the neighbourhood.

We began to hear information about the want for easily accessible washing facilities in the area.  This made us wonder if it was possible to build a version of a modern day wash house – somewhere people could come together to wash clothes, but also chat, share wisdom and tell stories. 

In the summer of 2019, we commissioned Fylde Repair Café to pop up in various locations around the neighbour to test the theory. 

Fast forward 3 years, and one global pandemic, and we are now at the stage where we are in partnership with Blackpool Council’s library service and Blackpool Costal Housing. We have acquired an empty office space in the main parade of shops and we are well on the way to building a new space with the community.

We have to questioned and designed a space that explores what role a multipurpose build embedded in a community could hold. A space built on what people want and deserve, thoughtfully and beautifully designed in collaboration with architects Lee Ivett and Ecaterina Stefanescu who both lecturer at UCLan’s Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture.

It is not only testing a community ownership model but testing how we share facilities for both environmental and economic benefit.

Mereside’s new community space, Wash Your Words: Langdale Library & Laundry Room, is based on Langdale Parade, Langdale Road in Blackpool (FY4 4TR).