On Monday 8 March, The Melting Pot’s Founder and CEO Claire Carpenter revealed the details of our new home live on Facebook. Recap The Big Announcement here.
We have now announced the location of our new home: 15 Calton Road! This space used to be the offices of Foundation Scotland. As their team adopt a more flexible approach to workspace, 15 Calton Road will become 3 floors of The Melting Pot. The space is more than double the size of our previous location and will be delivered in collaboration with Foundation Scotland to provide space for social impact.
The event started with a recap of the last year from Claire. Reminding us that The Melting Pot closed its doors last March, then reopened in its Rose Street space in August before leaving that space for good. She mentions the Future of the Office report, which summarises research that has formed the basis for our new strategy. Claire then said a heartfelt thanks to The Melting Pot’s team, board and community.
We then headed downstairs, revealing Edinburgh Waverley metres away. After stepping outside Claire announces the new location – 15 Calton Road!
We get a tour of most of the space. The big, open meet and greet entry space. A large kitchen and enormous board room. Claire tells us the plans for the basement: lots of Zoom rooms and the installation of wifi (we can’t go down there digitally until that wifi is available!). The ground and first floor are fully accessible and for the first time in TMP history there are more than two toilets! The first floor space is boasts 30+ workspaces with social distancing. Claire reminds us to join the waiting list soon as spaces are filling up.
We then meet our mystery guest Giles Ruck, Chief Executive of Foundation Scotland. Giles talks about purchasing the building and its history as The Venue one of Edinburgh’s (and Giles and Claire’s) favourite nightclubs. He introduces the collaboration between The Melting Pot and Foundation Scotland, explaining that it will be much more than a landlord tenant relationship. They are hoping to provide supported places to give access to smaller organisations that wouldn’t normally get the chance to work from The Melting Pot. He explains that the Foundation Scotland team are moving to a distributed working model across Scotland and that the Edinburgh team will be joining The Melting Pot alongside many other social innovators in May.
Claire then heads back to the lobby to answer some questions from viewers.
We hope you’re as thrilled as we are about this new resource from Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation and hope to see you there.
If you want to join us in the new space put your name on the waiting list.