Towns Fund Projects

6. Barbican

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Lincoln University   

Project Description

Development of a Production and Maker Hub for the Creative Industries (County Hub) on the vacant Barbican Hotel Site (St Mary’s Street). The space would enable clustering and incubation of creative businesses and the establishment of a creative business network.

In addition, the space would allow for public facing educational activity and community access to production spaces, gallery and café spaces. This would be a distinctive, visible and high-quality offer in the heart of the City.

Project Rationale

  • Addresses need for specialist workspace to nurture and support the growing creative sector and reduce the leakage of talent
  • Extensive evidence supported by the LEP, Arts Council and reflected in current strategies
  • Transforms a key heritage asset to productive economic use; complements the wider workspace offer and overall heritage-led regeneration of the Cornhill Quarter
  • Enables growth by creating opportunities for clustering, showcasing and marketing, innovation and R&D by connecting technology businesses with creative firms and links to university research supports inclusive growth, with ancillary community spaces/access, and business skills development