The Arches – Worcester is a brand new place being developed in Worcester, UK.

These beautifully restored Victorian railway arches are already home to a vibrant community of local businesses, restaurants and cafes; and the project will see the area further transformed into a cultural destination for tourists and local communities.

Alongside existing businesses, the Arches will house affordable and flexible workspaces and maker spaces for artists, arts companies and the creative industries.

It will also be home to a new flexible public space for performances, rehearsals and exhibitions.


The Project

Worcester’s iconic Victorian railway arches are set to be refurbished, transforming a central city area into a modern, 21st Century workplace for creative industries. In January 2019 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport awarded £3m from the Cultural Development Fund (administered by Arts Council England), towards the costs of this £4.5m redevelopment.

The funding will pay for the design and construction of dynamic work and creative spaces in the Arches.  A new gateway for the city will also be created, following the line of the Arches from Foregate Street railway station down to The Hive and the River Severn.

There will be an exciting programme of festivals and outdoor arts commissioned by the project to take place across the city centre. The funding will also strengthen local cultural leadership and enhance creative skills, stimulating growth in the local creative industries.

Click here to watch the video and find out more about the vision for The Arches – Worcester.

The project board is made up of representatives from:

Worcester City Council

The University of Worcester

Severn Arts

The Arch Co

Worcestershire County Council

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funds the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England.