Creative Media Centre II opens it's doors in next phase to boost local business
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The second part of Hastings’ Creative Media Centre, at 45 Robertson Street has opened its doors to top quality new office space for up to 40 firms.
Mayor Pam Brown led the opening event, with local businesses, the regeneration team and partners celebrating this landmark in the area’s regeneration programme. Opening speeches were made by two members of the Hastings & Bexhill Task Force behind the new facility: Pam Alexander, Chief Executive of the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and Jeremy Birch, Leader of Hastings Borough Council.
Guests at the event included local designers, film makers, web developers and publishers, who were greeted by a striking display of light and colour projected onto the front of the building.
The Creative Media Centre has been developed by the Task Force’s regeneration body Sea Space to help creative firms start and grow. The new facility is already 60% full. The first businesses to move in are local design firm Wave and BBC Southern Counties Radio. Also taking up residence this month are photographers Ginger Pix, relocating from Southampton, and IT recruitment firm Paria Consulting, relocating from London.
The facility joins the first part of the Creative Media Centre, which opened in the building opposite in March 2004 with space for up to 23 companies. The opening of the second part of the Centre will significantly boost the thriving creative business community in the heart of the town.
Designed by architects BBM Sustainable Design, using materials such as loca sweet chestnut saplings, lamb’s wool insulation and worktops made from recycled yoghurt cartons, the building also provides a public walkway from Cambridge Road to Robertson Street.
Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council said: “The Creative Media Centre will make a real difference to Hastings. It makes a visible difference to Robertson Street and the town centre because of its high quality design and visual impact. It will make an economic difference providing additional space for new growing companies in the creative industries. In addition, it realises our long-held aim of linking Cambridge Road and Robertson Street by a well-lit, well designed walkway.”
Mike Hapgood, Head of Regional & Local Programmes at the BBC, shared his vision for community TV in Hastings, saying: “The BBC South East and BBC Southern Counties Radio are delighted to have the Creative Media Centre as our new home in Hastings. This new venture offers many opportunities for partnerships and working together to create exciting new programmes and material for the whole range of media platforms and we are proud to be part of it.”