A consultation is now open to gather local views on the plans to deliver a new cultural hub in Wythenshawe.

Housed in the former Co-operative department store, the hub forms part of the wider transformation of the area. It seeks to build on what is already on offer at the Civic, boosting arts and creative industries in the wider Wythenshawe area, while creating job opportunities and pathways to arts careers.

The Hub would provide facilities and creative spaces for artists, creative businesses, local people and community groups to realise their artistic potential in a ‘welcoming, stimulating and supportive creative ecosystem.’

The council says it would now like to hear from anyone interested in either shaping or being part of the new creative offer, along with anyone already working in the creative sector who might be looking for new facilities. The consultation is set to open on Sun 4 Feb.

The Culture Hub is part of the wider long-term regeneration plan for Wythenshawe Civic, which promises to transform the town centre over the next decade and more, boosted by a successful £20m Levelling Up funding bid.

A joint venture development partner is currently being sought by the council to drive the Wythenshawe Civic project, with the successful team expected to be announced in the summer.

The opportunity includes the transformation of the 1970s shopping centre and surrounding areas through an aspirational project that will deliver a new public square, new shops, net zero carbon commercial, community and cultural space, and around 1,600 new homes built on Council-owned land. The housing will be a mix of tenures including affordable rent and shared ownership options.

Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Wed 17 Jan 2024