Oru Sutton launches in Sutton High Street

Published:
08 Feb 2024

Sutton continues to deliver as it rolls out the next scheme in the Council’s ambitious plans to regenerate Sutton town centre with the official opening of Oru Sutton. 

Oru Sutton is the first of the Council’s “big five” groundbreaking regeneration schemes to open its doors to the public in the high street. It models a new approach to work life balance, bringing together collaborative business working spaces with leisure activities, wellbeing classes and the award-winning Trinco restaurant.

The project is supported by the Mayor of London's Good Growth Fund and his Grow Back Greener Fund and is one of the workspaces delivered through the BIG South London programme. It delivers on Sutton’s ambitious programme to revitalise Sutton Town Centre by encouraging more people to visit the High Street and bringing long-term empty buildings back into use.

The Oru Sutton building was previously occupied by BHS, which closed down in 2016. The Council took the initiative and purchased the building in 2019 and quickly secured H&M as its ground floor tenant. After an open competitive process, Oru Space were selected as the delivery partner to bring back to life and operate the upper floors of the building. 

In recognition of the important part Oru Sutton plays in the Council’s town centre regeneration, the launch event was attended by high-profile guests, including the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council, the Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, the Head of Regeneration from the Greater London Authority and local businesses. 

Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:
“We’re proud to officially welcome Oru Sutton as an exciting and sustainable business to the town centre. Oru Sutton offers our residents, businesses and visitors a vibrant and inclusive space to work and relax. 

“It’s great to see a previously empty space in a prominent location on Sutton High Street brought back to life with so many people working, eating and drinking here, as well as enjoying health treatments, classes and group activities.

“The Council is committed to working with our partners to make Sutton a thriving place to live, work, study and invest in. By working with businesses like Oru Sutton, we’re bringing this vision to life. We hope to see more businesses and residents choose to make Sutton their home.”

Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, said:
“I’m delighted that the Mayor’s Good Growth fund has supported investment into Oru Sutton, which will deliver co-working, leisure and wellbeing spaces in the heart of Sutton High Street.
 
“Oru Sutton is a brilliant example of how the Mayor’s landmark £70m fund is helping to drive regeneration and growth in the capital by supporting local businesses and promoting community-building –helping to shape a better, more prosperous London for all.”

Vibushan Thirikumar, CEO of Oru Sutton, said:
“Attracting over 400 people a day already, we’re proud the building has been warmly embraced by the community. 

“The feedback on our team, Trinco (Oru's cafe & restaurant), as well as our Wellbeing Quarter classes & workshops have been very encouraging. We’re incredibly excited to be launching the community garden and event space imminently and see how that further cements this project as a multi-faceted dynamic space.

“A building of this size and position on the high street really allows us to achieve our vision of creating a true cornerstone of Sutton Council’s regeneration ambition, and genuinely serving a wide demographic which champions social impact and environmentalism.”

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