Workshop Cheltenham is a unique mixed-use urban regeneration scheme which will deliver 20,000sq.ft of new commercial space for the town centre. The project is located next to St. Mary’s Church, known as Cheltenham Minster which is Grade I Listed and the oldest building in Cheltenham. It will provide a purpose-built performance, event and community venue, connect to the High Street from the Cheltenham Minster grounds and act as a pilot for developments at Cyber Central. The project has also recently received additional funding through the governments £900 million nationwide ‘Getting Building Fund’ which will allow a number of enhancements to be added which include improved thermal performance of the building fabric, additional renewable energy solutions as well as an upgrade on the digital infrastructure, heating and lighting installations. The project will be constructed almost entirely off site and craned into position within modular units.
It will host and facilitate a variety of initiatives that will have a positive economic, educational, cultural, social and environmental impact on the town and will comprise:
- Flexible and affordable co-working spaces, office studios and a Growth Hub business support centre for individuals, start-ups and SMEs; particularly those in the creative sector (including digital, tech and cyber), enabling them to get established, evolve and flourish within a supportive community of like-minded people.
- A state-of-the-art performance venue and events space.
- A dedicated ‘Cyber Innovation Floor’ featuring cyber specific training rooms, a co-working accelerator and a ‘war room’ and a laboratory.
- Education and community spaces.
- Café and Bar
The scheme will be delivered in close collaboration with Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucestershire County Council GFirst LEP, Cheltenham Festivals, CyNam and Ecotricity among others, and is expected to open in Summer 2021.
In addition to the Workshop Cheltenham scheme we have been working with Cheltenham Borough Council on a wider public realm masterplan throughout the Minster grounds which will further establish the area as a cultural quarter for the town.