Work underway on Loughborough arts hub project

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Work has begun on a 1930s derelict building in Loughborough to transform it into a multi-media arts hub.

The Generator project, which is supported by a £1.6 million grant from Loughborough Town Deal, will become a new multimedia arts centre for performances, exhibitions, and community engagement.

Support has also come from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Architectural Heritage Fund, an Arts Council England Project Grant, and a successful Crowdfunding campaign.

Based on Packe Street in Loughborough, the Generator received further funding in December 2023 of £700,000 from the Community Ownership Fund and it has just been announced that the project will benefit from a further £400,000 through an Arts Council England Capital grant.

The work has now begun with the building expected to be completed and open to the public in spring 2025.

It is one of 11 projects Loughborough Town Deal is backing after securing £16.9 million of Government funding. In total, the projects are worth over £40 million of investment for the town.

Martin Traynor OBE, Chair of Loughborough Town Deal, said: “I am delighted to see work under way at the Generator project now that additional funding has been secured.

“This important project has the potential to

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