Exciting opportunity to help secure first tenants for The Arches-Worcester
A brand new marketing and management opportunity has arisen to help find tenants for Worcester’s nearly-refurbished Victorian railway arches.
The Arches-Worcester initiative, which has received an investment of over £3 million from central government’s Cultural Development Fund, aims to create a new cultural quarter for Worcester. A number of railway arches located between Foregate Street, the Hive and the riverside are being converted into studios fit for creative businesses, with the first four expected to be ready to welcome tenants from January 2022.
Worcester City Council, in partnership with the University of Worcester, Severn Arts and Worcestershire County Council, is seeking an agency to market and manage the studios to prospective tenants. Applications are welcome from businesses wishing to manage one or both functions.
Under the terms of the Cultural Development Fund investment, the refurbished Arches studios must be let for creative and artistic purposes only. The definition includes professionals working in design, media and performance.
Interest from individuals willing to share a studio or from groups wishing to share a space will be welcomed – in addition to those interested in occupying a whole studio.
A number of arches in the vicinity have already been independently occupied by restaurants and bars, a brewery, a coffee bar, entertainment and industrial design units.
The deadline for applications for the Arches-Worcester tenancy management and marketing brief is 5.00pm on Monday 29 November 2021. Interviews, if needed, will take place in the week commencing 6 December.
About the Arches Worcester
The Arches – Worcester project will see some of the beautiful Victorian railway arches in Netherton Court and Cherry Tree Walk, Worcester, converted into affordable and flexible studios and offices for local artists and creative businesses. They will take their place alongside existing local businesses, restaurants and cafes to create a new cultural destination for tourists and local communities.
The area will also be home to a new flexible public space for performances, rehearsals and exhibitions, and the base for The Arches Festivals, a major programme of events for Worcester.
In January 2019 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport awarded more than £3m from the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England, towards the costs of the The Arches – Worcester.
The project is being delivered by Worcester Cultural Partnership which is made up of:
- Worcester City Council
- The University of Worcester
- Severn Arts
- The Arch Company
- Worcestershire County Council