28 April 2017

It’s official – we’ve topped out our new Cobden Works

Another exciting and important milestone in the development of our new Cobden Works creative hub took place this week as we held a symbolic topping out ceremony to mark the exterior completion of our new home.

Topping out ceremonies are often staged on new building projects as part of a folklore tradition designed to bring good luck and fortune to the space and its occupants.

We’re still a two months away from final completion with lots of internal wiring, fitting out and intricate work on the internal fabric of the building.

However, it was a fantastic opportunity to bring a touch of Walk the Plank theatricality to the proceedings with Seren, one of our aerialist performers, ascending a rope to the apex of our new courtyard to dust down a copper rendition of our old logo which, until now, has been a key feature of our main meeting room back at our current home in Broad Street.

Our contractors Skyline along with our architects Architectural Emporium joined an audience of staff, artists and other friends of Walk the Plank.

All going well, final completion is scheduled for end June and we hope to have moved in by early September.

“Seeing us reach this important stage in the development of our new home is a hugely emotional moment for me and many others who have been part of the Walk the Plank family over the years.  We’re now in our 25th year and this is such an exciting new milestone in our journey, which all started with our touring theatre ship way back in the early 1990s.  We can’t wait to move in and crack on with our next 25 years.”  John Wassell, Co-founder and Producer.

Cobden Works is lead funded by Arts Council England with generous support from, CHK Charities Ltd, Garfield Weston Foundation, Oglesby Charitable Trust and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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Photo: Simon Buckley