Since the launch Birmingham Production Space plan (BPS) in 2015, the team has continued to develop its proposal through various activities in order to achieve our ultimate goal of setting up a significant piece of cultural infrastructure in the city.
Ruth Claxton and Sean O’Keeffe set up Workshop Birmingham, an online directory of manufacturers, material suppliers and fabricators.
BCU’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise department submitted successful funding bids for STEAMhouse, integrating the core values of BPS with a wider public-facing university facility for incubating creative SME’s in the region.
Meanwhile Co.LAB has continued to broker relationships, carry out more live projects, and undertook a number of research studies on the needs of graduates, current maker-space networks and a creative strategy for the Birmingham School of Architecture & Design, BCU and the Arts, Design and Media Faculty.
From the early case-study visits of BPS, it has taken an enormous effort from everyone to get here. But now we are pleased to announce that phase 1 of STEAMhouse will open in Digbeth in February/March 2018. More information on the facility will be released as the building refurbishment progresses but we are very excited to reach this stage and look forward to an innovative new production space for the city.