Regeneration: 1b Coppermill Lane




The unit at 1b Coppermill Lane accommodates an operational UK Power Network (UKPN) electricity sub-station which is scheduled to be replaced and upgraded in Autumn  2018. Unfortunately for operational reasons it is not possible to make the narrow shop unit in front of the sub-station available for commercial use.

During 2018 UKPN invested around £100,000 upgrading the electrical supply equipment so that it can meet increased demand from homes and businesses in the area.

We have worked with UKPN and community groups, such as art collective Invisible Numbers, to produce a design that was used on the hoarding during the upgrading work. The window is being used to create a gallery to showcase the work of local artists.

The viewing gallery will be officially opened on Monday 11 February 2019 as part of the legacy from Waltham Forest being the first London Borough of Culture.

Who did the work?

UKPN completed the replacement and upgrade work in autumn and the new shopfront with window gallery in December 2018.

The viewing gallery opened in spring 2019 as Waltham Forest celebrates its year as the first London Borough of Culture.

What happens when?

UKPN completed the replacement and upgrade work in autumn and the new shopfront with window gallery in December 2018.

The viewing gallery opens in spring 2019 as Waltham Forest celebrated its year as London’s first ever Borough of Culture. Exhibitions are curated by Invisible Numbers.  


The following exhibitions at the 1B Coppermill Lane Viewing Gallery are scheduled for 2020. The exhibitions are curated by Invisible Numbers

Saturday 1 February 2020 to Friday 27 March 2020

Swarm: artists respond to the pollinator crisis’, featuring original artwork by:

Swarm is a curatorial collaboration between curator Roisin Murphy from the William Morris Gallery  and artist Alke Schmidt.

It comes to 1B Window Gallery direct from the Vestry House Museum.

Monday 30 March 2020 to Thursday 30 April 2020

Women Activists of East London: 50 Years of Gay Liberation Front, curated by local social historian Esther Freeman.

Thursday 7 May 2020 to Sunday 14 June 2020

Angry Dan,  limericks and mural artist

Monday 22 June 2020 to Thursday 9 July 2020

This is me, self-portraits with Barncroft Primary School, 2 Brunel Road, Walthamstow, London E17 8SB.

Autumn 2020 dates to be confirmed

Maud Milton, mosaic artist

Please note that changes may occur to this schedule

Keeping you informed

On Tuesday 3 July 2018 we held an information session at South Grove Primary School, Ringwood Road, Walthamstow, E17 8PW where residents, businesses and other stakeholders were able to find out more about proposals for regeneration of the St James’ Quarter, and ask questions about the proposals.

Download the St James' Quarter information session presentation


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Further details

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More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Project Manager, Martha Lawson
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown