The property is the first asset to be acquired by a community-led CIC as part of a strategy to address the town’s hidden deprivation and the precarity of its seasonal economy. Flexible work and meeting spaces will provide a lively base for freelancers and a hub for the CIC’s various community economic development projects. Having helped to develop the client’s successful £3.25m Coastal Communities funding bid, McCaren have led the Design Team from inception to completion.
Housed in Grade II listed building originally built for James Halse, a famous mine-owner and MP, the project breathes new civic life into an important asset for the town. Alongside a full heritage restoration, a vibrant interior fit-out will be complemented by a sensitive contemporary extension and new terrace, to accommodate the Bayspace’s support services, partnership initiatives, training, activities, facility-hire and portfolio projects.
Local building contractor, Catling Construction, made a start on the restoration in January 2021 and works have now reached roof level with slates carefully removed and the failing timber structure painstakingly reconstructed. Watch this space for updates as the works progress.