£3.8m Funding Awarded to Develop New Creative Workspace in Luton’s Cultural Quarter

10 March 2017

We are delighted to announce that Luton Culture has been awarded £3.8m from The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) Local Growth Fund.

The £3.8m will be used to develop a Creative Cluster of inspiring work, study and show spaces in the Luton Cultural Quarter including the refurbishment of The Hat Factory Arts Centre.

The Creative Cluster project will contribute significantly to the growth and development of Luton by providing 28,000sqft of creative business workspace; supporting 162 additional creative and digital industries jobs; and boosting the local economy by attracting 193,000 more visits to the cultural quarter.

The Creative Cluster project will develop workspaces specifically for the creative and digital industry, and will provide workshops with specialist equipment and infrastructure to grow skills and talent. Through this funding, we will develop the infrastructure that will bring creative and talented people together so that they can innovate, collaborate and celebrate creative success.  

We have also applied to Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council for funding to maximise the potential of this project and Luton Borough Council has already provided their support.

It is anticipated that work on the Creative Cluster will start in 2018 and be completed by 2021. The project outline is available to download below.

Download the Hat District Project Cluster Outline