MidWest is a former school building in the distinctive 1920s Amsterdam School style of architecture. Today it’s a combination of a contemporary community centre and business hub. What was once the gym is now a place to order a cappuccino and a toastie and hang out with the locals, and it’s regularly the venue for book launches and debates. The classrooms upstairs are rented out commercially to local creative industries, which means that people on a tighter budget can use other rooms at a friendly price. In the gardens, volunteers from beekeepers to plumbers experiment with climate-friendly so