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A new creative space planned for Exeter's Historic Quayside

From David Lockwood of the Bike Shed theatre:
We’re thrilled to announce our plans for a new creative space on Exeter’s quay.

Two years ago, we were invited to look around the Maclaines warehouses, which were most recently used as the Maritime Museum but have fallen into disuse for the last 17 years. We’ve worked with experts including the Stirling Prize-winning architects Haworth Tompkins, to develop a vision of how these wonderful old buildings, which play such a distinctive part in the heritage of Exeter and The Quay, could be used.

Our vision is to bring these landmark buildings back to life and give them a new purpose as a centre of creativity and enterprise for Exeter. The 200-year old warehouses that once stored valuable cargoes of cloth, wool, wine and coal and fuelled Exeter’s rapid commercial growth will become a home for theatre, music, performers, artists and designers as part of Exeter’s thriving new economy. The warehouses are a natural focus for the real working history of the Canal and Quay, the place where people struggled to shift huge loads of raw materials so that other people could become wealthy. We want to explore and share the history and meaning of these buildings and embed the stories of the people who lived and worked there into the spaces we develop. In 2015, we presented our plans to Exeter Canal and Quay Trust (who own the buildings and who kindly gave us funding to conduct the feasibility). We can now reveal our plans:


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