Significant progress has been made on the £ 14million Vulcan Works creative workspace project in Northampton city center, according to the council.
A total of 59 rental units for start-ups and growing businesses are being built in abandoned industrial buildings between Guildhall Road, Angel Street, Fetter Street and St John’s Street, along with two new buildings.
The search for an operator is now underway with an appointment scheduled for the summer, according to the Northampton Borough Council.
Regeneration and Enterprise Member Tim Hadland said: “This project will be a very exciting addition to our growing cultural district.
“The expanded and renovated museum is expected to open in the coming months and by the end of this year we will be opening the Vulcan Works Creation Center.
“Add to these the theaters and Northampton Filmhouse at Royal and Derngate, NN Arts Collective, the Rennie Mackintosh House at 78 Derngate and the Guildhall and you have the makings of a regional cultural attraction.”
The steel work is complete and the facade is well advanced at the Angel Street element, where a completion ceremony will be held today (Wednesday, January 29).
Roof replacement work on the Fetter Street buildings is also nearing completion, with only one skylight left to install, while the foundations for the new St John’s Street building are in place and the steel framing is in place. has begun.
However, work on the Guildhall Road part of the development turned out to be more difficult than expected with part of the roof structure in very poor condition, but work is progressing well here too, a council spokesperson said.
The South East Midlands Local Business Partnership (SEMLEP) has contributed £ 6.3million to the Local Growth Fund program, with the council covering the remaining costs.
SEMLEP President Peter Horrocks said: “Northampton has an incredibly strong entrepreneurial corporate culture and the success of local creative businesses is at its heart.
“By investing in the development of Vulcan Works, we are creating a high-quality space for companies in the creative industries to learn, support each other and grow their businesses.
“This is a great opportunity for local employers, the local population and the local economy. “
Small businesses wanting to learn more about accommodation options at Vulcan Works – with units measuring between 16 and 104 square meters – should send an email [email protected] or call 01604 837504.