This week marked the beginning of the end of an era for Meanwhile Creative and Bridewell Space, as we now have an official date for moving out of New Bridewell Police Station, which has been our home for the past two years.
We always knew that we only had the building on a ‘meanwhile’ basis, but it’s still a sad occasion. We’ve fostered a community of over 80 business and creative projects over the years – from designers and makers through to personal trainers and local bands – and this is something that we hope to take with us when we move on. The details of our new base will soon be disclosed, so keep your eyes peeled.
The future of the building fits in with a growing boom industry in the city centre – student housing. Developed by Watkin Jones, the same company working on The Old Magistrates’ Court a few doors down the road from us, the building will be demolished and re-built as a 15 storey student housing block, providing 499 beds and 6,500 sqft of ground floor commercial space. The development plans also incorporate the removal of the – questionably iconic – overhead walkways around Nelson Street, and the construction of a new public square between Nelson Street and Rupert Street. The changes will definitely alter the area, and will involve removing almost all the existing street art – and we’re interested to see whether it’s for better or worse.
We plan to take all the lessons that we’ve learnt from Bridewell, and to use them to build bigger and better things. There are lots of changes afoot, and we’re getting involved in a wide range of activities – keep checking this blog and, as always, get in touch if you have a project that you need some space for.