A new music and arts hub in Whitehaven
Plans have been submitted for a new music and arts hub in the former Whitehaven Bus Station garage
Plans have been submitted for a new music and arts hub in the former Whitehaven Bus Station garage.
Buttress worked on behalf of client BEC, and in collaboration with the local music charity Soundwave which encourages young people to get involved in music-making. The plans repurpose the building using recycled shipping containers to create a new music and community venue allowing young people to develop their skills, artistic talents and socialise in a vibrant creative space.
The shipping containers create new spaces for recording, rehearsing, workshops and performances with little material change planned for the historic building which was originally built in 1931. The design also focuses on recycled materials and incorporates green energy sources for heating.
Following a public consultation, the plans include a non-licensed, fully accessible and flexible event space for community use. There will be opportunities to hire out the recording studio, creating videos and music. Sessions will also be offered to local schoolchildren at the venue to encourage their creativity and inspire the next generation of musicians and artists.
Kimberley is an associate at Buttress who works within the practice's heritage team, specialising in projects that have a strong community emphasis.
Chithra is a director at Buttress with more than 20 years of experience in commercial practice in both the public and private sectors.