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Developing creative workspace on the docks

1:52 pm, Friday, 4th December 2020

A unique opportunity has become available for Creative Workspace providers and organisations to help shape the Grimsby Creates cultural development programme.

Earlier this year, world-renowned architects, Donald Insall Associates were appointed to create redevelopment plans for a group of heritage buildings on the docks in Grimsby. 

To help develop our plans further, we are interested to hear the views of creative workspaces providers, through preliminary market consultation, to consider how any new creative hub of buildings could be best delivered to support and grow the creative industries in North East Lincolnshire.

We are interested to hear from business and organisations that have expertise in this field to ensure that the development fulfils the ambition of the Grimsby Creates programme, creating new networks, building new facilities and a strong creative cluster. 

The short questionnaire, available through the Pro-Contract portal (reference DN513879) is open until 22 December.

Cllr Callum Procter, Cabinet member for Culture, said: “This is a great opportunity for people who already manage these types of workspace to get involved and help us shape the operational and management requirements, based on similar experience in the sector. We are keen to learn from the market about what works and what doesn’t before we launch the full tender so that we get this right, first time.

“We know there is a lack of specialist studio and workspace in our area to support the growth of our creative industries. We want to create a space for our creative industries that is not only affordable, but that can contribute to the local community and meet their needs.”

Other elements of work in Grimsby being supported by the Cultural Development Fund programme include: a new activities, events and festival programme, the St James Square arts project, providing support for existing creative industries, and a business support programme for new start-ups and graduates in the sector.

“Grimsby Creates” has been launched to provide an umbrella brand for the cultural activity in Grimsby over the next three years, being funded through the Cultural Development Fund money.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funds the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England.