A new arts hub will be the “first step” in transforming Cains Brewery into an urban village, according to the site’s owner.
Sudarghara Dusanj, managing director of Cains Brewery Village, has welcomed a new 10-year deal by Baltic Creative Community Interest Company (CIC) to transform 45,000 sq ft of disused warehouses into space for artists, designer-makers and the creative industries.
Your Move reported in March that plans had been submitted to Liverpool City Council to create the hub, which will be known as ‘Northern Lights’, into artist studios, gallery spaces, workshop units and log burning mezzanine studios.
A central café and large event space will also feature within the development, which has been designed by architect Miles Falkingham who has worked on other city projects including Camp and Furnace and Buyers Club.
Artist-led gallery and studios The Royal Standard has been confirmed as an anchor tenant for Northern Lights and will be relocating from its current North Liverpool base, alongside commercial printing firm GoCre8 which is already situated in the Baltic Triangle district.
Sudarghara says: “Cains Brewery Village has been granted planning permission for a one million sq ft residential led mixed-use development.
“Northern Lights is the first step in our aim to create a vibrant urban village which will underpin the regeneration of the Baltic Triangle into an area thriving with creative and independent minded companies and individuals.
“We do, however, realise this ambition will take some time to deliver and feel that Northern Lights can, in the next 10 years, help us to achieve our overall aims and objectives for the site, whilst providing, in a climate of rising values, much needed affordable creative and artistic led space here in the Baltic Triangle.”
Mark Lawler, managing director of Baltic Creative CIC, adds: “Baltic Creative CIC is committed to providing artist-led space and supporting the growth of this well established community in Liverpool.
“Working closely with our two fantastic anchor tenants we will create a space we can be proud of and perhaps more importantly, a space we currently don’t have available in the Baltic Triangle.”
Baltic Creative CIC has successfully secured £310k funding from Liverpool City Region Impact Fund, which is part financed by the Social Investment Business and the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13, to deliver the refurbishment.
Works for the first phase of the Northern Lights scheme are expected to get underway this month and are due for completion in October 2016.