Our project to retrofit a Victorian power station at the heart of Blackburn to create an activity and employment hub for young people has received Planning Consent. The existing buildings formed one of the earliest electricity generating power stations in the UK. The project reimagines the heritage building as a place for young people to meet employers, join events, conferences, and other activities.
With the building’s exterior and lighting improved, a new glazed entrance will open into a double-height events space. A new mezzanine leads to a co-working hub, while the ground floor opens onto a creative maker space. The refurbishment references the building’s industrial heritage with the use of ceramics, steel-framed glazed doors, bespoke lighting, and several site-specific artworks. Construction will take place during 2024.