The five-storey building at 20-26 Fargate will undergo a significant facelift and retrofit to be transformed into Event Central, a multi-purpose events space for local businesses and the community.

Design Approach

‘Event Central’ will provide a mix of heritage and contemporary, combinging our history with our future.

Comprising 18,000 sq ft, the scheme will provide a part community, part commercial offering that will act as a blueprint and catalyst for further regeneration of Fargate.

It will include an arrival space that will also act as a tourist information point and other community uses, a live music venue located in the basement, storage and support for outdoor city centre events, a temporary exhibition space including a digital ‘black box’ and maker area, and co-working areas on the upper floors.

Once a vibrant destination full of large signs and colourful awnings, the scheme will bring a sense of this back to Fargate along with the lost grandeur of the original 1800s building. A new, contemporary façade will feature lit signage, which will be a deliberate contrast to the existing classically proportioned stonework and signal a new function of the building as a digitally focused space.

Work is due to start Spring 2023.

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