16 November 2016

Work starts on our new Cobden Works creative hub

We’re delighted to announce that construction work has now started on our new Cobden Works creative hub in Salford, which will become our new home in 2017 and bring together artists, makers and learners and our various head office functions under one roof.

Liverpool-based construction group Skyline have started on-site with preliminary clearance works before pressing ahead with the main construction, working to an innovative design by architects practice Architectural Emporium.

Our new home will comprise both new and refurbished spaces of a former light industrial building in this fascinating part of Salford which has a mix of commercial tenants close to some new residential areas – so we feel as if we’ll make very interesting neighbours.

We also like the fact that our new home will enable us to make and create pieces for our outdoor productions on-site, hence why we’ve named our new home the Cobden Works.

Initial work on the project includes site clearance and the demolition of some small out-buildings before new building works can get underway.  The 26 week project will take us through to spring 2017 and we hope to take up occupation during the summer with an official opening in September.

John Wassell, Co-founder, said: “After years in the planning it’s great to see contractor Skyline getting underway with this important project which will play a pivotal role in changing the way we all work together as an organisation.  With the vast majority of our last 24 years spent working from Salford, we’re proud to be establishing our roots in a new part of the city as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and look forward to our next twenty five years.”

Cobden Works is a new outdoor arts creative production space lead funded by Arts Council England with generous support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Oglesby Charitable Trust and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.