Vulcan Works Creative Hub
Vulcan Works Creative Hub will provide a total of 68 lettable units specifically aimed at start-ups and growing businesses within the creative industry. The building is a mixture of renovation and new build and is located in the area between Guildhall Road, Angel Street, Fetter Street and St John's Street within Northampton's Cultural Quarter.
Rugby-based Stepnell is undertaking the restoration of the historic and Grade II Listed former ironworks factory, once at the forefront of Northampton's internationally-renowned shoe industry.
The project involves the refurbishment of the old iron stone work factories along Guildhall Road, the refurbishment of the former museum store and the creation of a new three-storey building on the corner of St John's Street and Fetter Street as well as constructing a new block on Angel Street to create the new office, studio and managed workshops.
Vulcan Works was built in 1875 for engineering company Mobbs & Co and was later turned into a leather warehouse. It is considered one of the best surviving engineering works for production of boot and shoe industry machinery.
South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has facilitated a Local Growth Fund contribution of £6.3 million together with £3.06 million from the European Regional Development Fund. West Northamptonhire Council is covering the remaining costs.
Work is well underway on site with all demolition completed and the structures of the buildings now in place. The new build sections of the Vulcan Works are almost complete with internal decoration taking place and snagging being undertaken. The renovated buildings are still receiving some internal partitioning and servicing works prior to decoration.
An operator is being sought to run the facility on behalf of the council. Practical Completion is expected by June 2021 and Fit Out work will then commence prior to occupation.
During its first ten years of operation, Vulcan Works is expected to support up to 100 businesses, creating around 300 jobs.
Councillor Tim Hadland, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said: "This scheme has been some time in the making and we are delighted that everything is now finally underway. Northampton is one of the most entrepreneurial places in the country and Vulcan Works will provide space for new businesses to establish and thrive".
You can find more information in our Vulcan Works Creative Hub document which you can download below.
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