Royal Porcelain Works Development
The highly anticipated £10million development of the Royal Porcelain Works site has started in earnest and is now well on its way to the finished article that will provide a new home for the arts in Worcester.
The development, which is funded by the Bransford Trust and being built by the distinguished building company Weatherark Ltd, is due to open in June 2018. It will feature a new multi-disciplinary arts venue, exhibition space, café and delicatessen, heritage craft area and luxury housing and is next to the already world-renowned Museum of Royal Worcester.
The project aims to be a vibrant hub for the arts in Worcester that will breathe a new lease of life into former site of the Royal Worcester Porcelain Works that closed in 2007.
The new arts venue, Henry Sandon Hall, will be run by Worcester Live Charitable Trust, which also runs the Swan Theatre, Huntingdon Hall, Worcester Festival and the Worcester Repertory Company. Chris Jaeger, Chief Executive of Worcester Live has already started planning events for the opening months. “Worcester Live is very excited about the opening of the Henry Sandon Hall at the end of June, and we are already programming exciting events for the Summer and Autumn.”
The new café and delicatessen, nestWorcester will be run by Neil and Penny Chambers who is already well established in Herefordshire and Worcestershire with The Handmade Scotch Egg Company Ltd, the Nest Ledbury and Egg’cetera in Friar Street firm favorites with locals and visitors alike. Neil and Penny are thrilled to be a part of the RPW team. “Egg’citing times. The nest is coming to town, a family friendly destination that makes you feel at home. We are delighted to be part of what will undoubtedly be one of Worcester’s greatest attractions. As this amazing project rapidly comes together, breathing new life into this beautifully restored corner of the city.”
Whilst the project has been driven by Colin Kinnear OBE, the design and realization has been handled by the award winning, Worcester based, KKE Architects. Vincent Kirk has been heading up the project from the first days of planning. “KKE are proud to have worked with The Bransford Trust to transform the Royal Porcelain Works into a collection of exciting venues designed around a wonderful new public open space.”
Ben Humphrey, who has recently been consulting with the Bransford Trust on the project is confident that the Royal Porcelain Works will be a positive step forward for the area and for the city as a whole. “This particular area of Worcester has undergone major changes over the past two decades and the RPW will breathe new life into yet another part of Worcester City. Worcester is an amazing place to live and work and the Royal Porcelain Works will be a major contribution to its cultural offering. This really is an incredible project that will add another feather to Worcester’s already impressive cap.”
In addition to the Henry Sandon Hall and nestWorcester, the development will feature new luxury homes and an arts exhibition space that will be used to showcase Worcester’s world class artists as well as supporting emerging talent from the county. There will also be master craftsmen from Chamberlain & Co. displaying the heritage skills required to create fine porcelain.
The RPW is the latest project to invest in Worcester and will undoubtedly create quite a buzz when the area opens to the public in June 2018.