The building will be re-purposed and used by member businesses and other individuals. It will creative offices, co-working spaces, a hot-desking system, workshop and exhibition space, meeting rooms, and a bar/restaurant which can be used for work, meetings or just for a drop-in cup of coffee.
The Generator building, located at 12 Frederick Street, is the site of the first British Technical University which was established in Loughborough in 1966. It is part of the town’s history, and its unique role as one of the early power stations plus its previous identity as the School of the Arts mean that it is an icon for both industry and creativity. This ethos is what will generate a new community to power the town.
The Generator, Loughborough (CIC) is a recently-formed organisation. We bring together individuals and partners with a long record and quality reputation of working in the Arts, in business and in the creative industries. Our networks and achievements span local, regional, national and international dimensions.
Work on bringing The Generator building to life began a number of years ago when Arts Council England supported Charnwood Arts’ bid to make it into a creative community space. Although this proved unsuccessful, they have continued to fight for The Generator’s life and engaged new partners in this passion to make the building useable again.
In early 2015, a feasibility study was undertaken on behalf of The Generator, Loughborough (CIC). This included proposals to insert an additional storey level to the main building (making it a five-storey structure), as well as a new mezzanine floor level within The Generator’s Hall. The study included significant consultation with the SME sector in Loughborough and identified considerable demand for the type of accommodation that could be offered at Frederick Street. The projected capital cost was millions and it became clear that this project presented considerable technical, practical, and logistical difficulties. Plans have since been revised and consist of a refurbishment scheme that is based on the existing floor plan of the building. There are no additions or extensions. We aim to restore the accommodation to its original open-plan format; existing internal partitions will be removed and all structural elements and fixtures will be upgraded.
Over the past two years, the people with the passion for making the building useable again have been working hard to come up a realistic cost and plan for this repurpose of 12 Frederick Street. They understand the building’s iconic stature and have a vision for maintain and growing the creative endeavours of the town and its people. A series of consultation sessions with the local creative sector confirmed the considerable interest and demand in this redevelopment.
The Generator, Loughborough will contribute to community cohesion locally, as well as to the Arts Council’s national campaign: ‘A Creative Case for Diversity’. Driven by the town’s community, The Generator, Loughborough will be a catalyst for the retention of talent, the development of new businesses and practices, and a hub for growth of the creative economy in Loughborough.
The Generator, Loughborough will bring together a unique blend of expertise across business, the Arts and media, the health and wellbeing sector, and will create a wealth of opportunities and new markets for this emerging community. The synergy of these relationships will result in innovative collaborations; stimulating new ways of working in business, the Arts, culture and the public sphere.
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