The London Hackspace has reopened in Wembley, north London, after a period of closure due to high rent prices on its previous building in Hackney.
A hackspace is an area where anyone can become a member and use the facilities to build small engineering, woodworking or metalworking projects, among other things. London Hackspace, which boasts around 1,200 members, is entirely community-run, meaning techies, engineers, developers, tinkerers and general hackers can come together and build things. There's no specific requirement as to what its members build -- there's a woodwork room, 3D printers, laser cutters, metal workshop (which isn't fully open yet), a biology lab, and an amateur radio room. Say a member wanted to build a fighting robot or an Arduino-powered RFID door lock -- those could both be built here, providing they had the materials.
A documentary filmed at the previous London Hackspace venue in Hackney.
The hackspace is member-run, meaning it elects its own trustees out of its members, and is non profit-making. It has a "pay what you think is fair" policy on memberships, but recommends a £15 a month price to most members, or £5 a month for students, retirees, or people on low income. There's a lot more information on the website, including location, facilities and a wiki.