We have a space! Take a first look & celebrate with us!
We are super duper ridiculously excited to announce that we have signed the lease for our beautiful new space, the home of Impact Hub Birmingham! It’s been a long, exciting and arduous road to get here. To find out just how long, and just how arduous, read more about our story here. Unsurprisingly, today is a huge milestone and truly very special for us. It’s a huge undertaking and we don’t think we’ll be sleeping much any time soon, but after such a lot of work, we want to step back, take it all in, embrace this giddy feeling and share it with you all as we look forward to an epic 2015.
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Impact Hub Birmingham & The Walker Building
Introducing, The Walker Building. Completed in 1912, this incredible building was originally home to Thomas Walker & Son – manufacturers of marine instruments. Now a Grade II listed building, it’s part of the Digbeth Conservation at the edge of the Eastside regeneration area in Birmingham.
As of today, we have undertaken over 6,000 square feet, of high ceilings, open and naturally lit space in our new home. Of the 6,000 square feet two thirds the area will be dedicated to space for individual and collaborative work, meetings and permanent desk space for organisations. The remaining space is just as valuable to us and will be used more flexibly for pop ups, programmes, events, labs and much more.
Within our main coworking space, our open plan spaces will also feature connected yet private meeting spaces, providing the perfect environment for collaboration and inspiration to be shared amongst our members. We know everyone thrives in a different working environment and as such are committed to providing our residents with a collection of formal and informal spaces, designed to work in a number of different combinations and lending themselves to the specific task at hand. It is also within our main space that we will house the all-important Hub Cafe. With a pledge of the highest quality coffee from the addicts amongst us, the Hub cafe will be the perfect space for downtime and getting to know people both old and new.
Digbeth first established itself in the 7th century. The area, close to the River Rea (now running underground) was chosen as the site of a market, which was the initial starting point for what became the flowering city of Birmingham. As is commonly cited, Digbeth would later become the birthplace of a period that changed the face of our city completely – the modern industrial age of Birmingham. From it’s inception as a city with clout till the present day, Brum has always been a vibrant place, teaming with enterprise, industry and diverse groups of people.
As part of the Big City Plan, Digbeth is undergoing a large redevelopment scheme that will regenerate the old industrial buildings into apartments, retail premises, offices and arts facilities. Entrepreneurs, changemakers, and active citizens are rejuvenating Birmingham’s oldest industrial area, and in doing so are beginning to show the power of proximity, collaboration and an ambition to work together to drive change in the city. It is reported that Birmingham has one of the largest concentrations of social enterprises in Europe – at almost 350 at the last official count and now nearing 500. With over 40 social enterprises based in Digbeth, an area that has since been identified as our social enterprise quarter by Birmingham City Council, we couldn’t think of a home better suited to the Hub.
With an international airport a mere 30 minutes away, both Moor Street & New Street Stations a stones throw away and Digbeth soon to be an important stop for the new HS2 railway, the Hub will be more connected and collaborative than we could hope for. We cannot wait to move into our new home and start on our next journey in Birmingham with you.