The Coop Hub
This is our campaign for a creative, community space in Morecambe.
We have already raised half of the funding needed to make this happen working with partners from Lancaster City Council, West End Morecambe Big Local, Creative West End and significant project development support from Architectural Heritage Fund.
Over the years as we have we have consistently outgrown venues and made the best of substandard, poorly insulated property in need of modernisation and better fit out. We've taken on insecure occupation of meanwhile spaces on temporary license arrangements in a part derelict church and currently a former Argos unit in a shopping center. These have been important parts of our journey and creative practice enabling us to co-create our business model, develop our work, build relationships and support. We have learnt alot, we've dreamt and raised our aspirations and built our confidence.
With capital funds reopening we are working hard behind the scenes to bring in the rest of the funds and are aiming to begin building work at the end of 2022 - early 2023. RIBA stage 3 is complete with stage 4 in progress and planning permission approved. All our prep work has been co-created at a grassroots level and has strong support from local anchor institutions across Health, FE & HE orgs, LCC, Eden Learning, Coastal Revival Fund and strategic support from AHF, Locality & Power to Change.
In the first phase of development and opening we will support the growth of our new business model, develop our hub management platform app offering:
6 creative workspace units, 16 studios & 56 cap. co-working studios
4 specialist areas (wood, textiles, print & digital)
4 incubation pods for emerging arts & cultural projects
Meeting rooms / Project Spaces
Cafe and events space
Shop supporting enterprise tenants / studio members
Development of our Good Things Platform app - hub management, data collection, analysis & impact measurement
Call for letters of support
We're calling on you to have your say and help us make this happen. Whether you'r a resident, community member, workshop particpant, artist or creative business interested in workspace or a studio, musician, writter or poet that wants to perform WE NEED YOU!
Help us make the case, make this happen and have your voice heard
We want to hear why this project should happen.
Why it matters.
What excites you about it
How will it benefit you or your group / organisation?
What it means for the wider community, town and district?
Feel free to put a creative stamp on it - draw it, type it, stitch it, collage it whatever you feel. We just ask that you send us an A4 sized copy of it.
Email your letter to: email@example.com