2023 – Ongoing
Commissioned under the Blackburn Electric Lighting Order in 1895, the existing buildings formed one of the earliest electricity generating power stations in the UK. The street elevations survive in almost their original condition, and while the interior has been altered industrial features such as the roof-mounted crane remain. We were commissioned to reimagine the power station as a place for young people to meet employers, join events, conferences, and other activities.
A new glazed entrance on Pilkington Street opens into a double-height events space below the original crane, which will be restored. A new mezzanine leads to a co-working hub, while the ground floor opens onto a creative maker space. The original brickwork will be revealed internally, and a new link and views through established with the neighbouring youth centre. The refurbishment references the building’s industrial heritage with the use of ceramics, steel-framed glazed doors, bespoke lighting, and several site-specific artworks.
The project also includes alterations to the adjacent youth centre. A new skate-friendly landscape is proposed at the front entrance, with brightly coloured, angular canopies signaling the way in and providing places for people to gather. A new green wall brings nature to the city-centre site, which will be planted and maintained by groups of young people. Internally, the reception will be reconfigured and an arts studio, wellbeing room, gaming area and gym provided to expand the existing activities on offer.
Construction will take place throughout 2024.
Visualisations by Elephant Visual
Model photography by Tian Khee Siong