The Coop Hub
Lancaster City Council currently own the former Co-op department store in the West End of Morecambe, which covers 4 floors. Lancaster City Council funded a feasibility study in partnership with The Exchange Creative Community CIC and support from the Coastal Revival Fund and Architectural Heritage Fund. The aim is to create a creative community enterprise hub that will provide a local anchor for community led activity and providing access to the much needed skills, resources and spaces our community need to thrive and have long been neglected.
As part of the restoration it is anticipated that the building will be transferred to community ownership under a Community Asset Transfer for which we are pushing for at least a 99-year lease. Currently, 50% of the ground floor is occupied by a Co-op convenience store, the remainder of the ground floor, accessible part of the basement, first and second floor are unused and have stood empty and neglected since the mid 90's when the Coop disbanded into the small convenience shops.
Update August 2021:
We're of course still working hard to make our planned redevelopment and long term occupation in the Coop building a reality, we know our community has been long deprived such an asset that will help generate opportunities to access and engage with the arts, new employment prospects and enterprise support as well as providing a much needed inclusive, accessible and well equipped social hub.