Details of the Craneworks project, a world class centre for creativity at the former Stothert & Pitt factory buildings on Lower Bristol Road have been unveiled…
It’s vital that the cultural sector gets behind this new venture, to generate momentum behind it and to help galvanise B&NES council into action – please go to http://craneworks.org/make-it-
And then – make a lot of noise:
- Pass on to your contacts
- Tweet about it, with the hashtag #Craneworks and tag @CreativeBath
- And spread the word!
ABANDONED BUILDINGS OF ARCHITECTURAL MERIT
- The Stothert & Pitt factory buildings facing Lower Bristol Road have stood derelict and decaying since the loss of the ‘Dyson School of Design Innovation’ scheme of 2007, at huge cost to local taxpayers.
A NEW VISION
- After years of discussions within the community, a large group of talented and experienced Bath people have come together to deliver a really special, world-class scheme for these buildings. This respects and celebrates their industrial heritage, secures public access for the whole community and creates a long-term legacy for future generations of local people.
CENTRE FOR INVENTION
- Craneworks will create a cutting edge centre for invention where thousands of local people from all backgrounds – including children and young people – can come together to be inspired and to learn to create, invent and make. It will provide clean and dirty making spaces and exhibition spaces for art, design, film, technology and good old-fashioned ‘hands on’ making. It will also teach business and enterprise skills. Craneworks will re-skill, up-skill and future-proof local people to get jobs in creative, engineering and technology businesses or start businesses of their own.
- Craneworks will also provide 35,000 sq ft of warehouse-style workspaces for creative, digital media and technology businesses of various sizes. This equals 250-300 jobs and will have a net positive impact exceeding £25 million GVA per year. It will also provide conference, screening and exhibition facilities for these and other businesses to share their ideas, knowledge and products with the world. We have already received serious expressions of interest from several local and international businesses actively looking for creative workspace in Bath.
- Craneworks is by the community for the community. It is a social venture committed to social inclusion. Craneworks is a Community Interest Company (CIC) and will become a charity in the future. It is NOT being developed by greedy developers hungry for profit. New development in Bath should be about much more than flats, offices and shops. Craneworks will provide incubator workspace to sit alongside established businesses.
COMMUNITY ASSET TRANSFER
- We want Craneworks to be Bath’s most significant example of Localism in action. Our request of BNES Council is to transfer these buildings (which we are advised have a neutral or negative value) to Craneworks CIC under a Community Asset Transfer so we can restore and develop them with Government, Lottery and charitable funding and make them accessible to local people for local benefit. Thousands of Community Asset Transfers have been completed elsewhere in the UK since 2007. We want Craneworks to become one of the first to be completed by BNES Council.
LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP SUPPORT
- Craneworks has been identified as a priority for Government funding in the West of England LEP’s recent Strategic Economic Plan; it is one of only 3 Bath projects from the 34 put forward to Government.
- Craneworks will become a beacon of “New Bath” helping to keep young people in the city and to attract new talent and businesses. Craneworks will help to build Bath’s status as a World Contemporary City as well as a World Heritage City.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Craneworks needs YOUR support. Please help us to make Craneworks a reality by demonstrating your support to BNES Council. For further details on how to do this please visit the Craneworks website: www.craneworks.org