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Exciting New Hub for Local Artists - Set to Open

Wednesday 14th April

Life will return to 104 Midland Road, Bedford once more as the building has been fully refurbished by Bedford Borough Council to offer eight large custom built studio spaces for local artists to use to carry out their work. The refurbishment was funded by Bedford Borough Council and the East of England Development Agency (EEDA). The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, will be visiting the i-create studios at midday, on Monday 19th April.

As the final stages of refurbishment have been completed; all studios have Wi-Fi access, wide gauge sinks suitable for use with plaster and oils and come supplied as a ‘blank canvas’ for tenants to create the environment they need. The spaces are offered at a competitive, fully inclusive price; with parking also available on site.

The Mayor, Dave Hodgson, said: “Until recently, 104 Midland Road had been derelict for some time.  Now it is home to a fantastic new facility, which will help to foster new creative businesses’ and local artists. The refurbishment of this building will act as a catalyst for further regeneration in this key area of our Town Centre. This prime location is an important part of the wide-reaching regeneration programme, including the train station quarter and Town Centre West development.”

Studios within the 2-storey building cater for a wide range of creative professions, such as, classical artists, designers and sculptors.

Since 2004 Bedford Borough Council has built up a track record of successful capital developments with the progression of the “i”-brand. The first stage of the development was the delivery of the £5.5 million Bedford i-Lab on Priory Business Park that is currently home to 55 businesses.

For more information on taking an i-create studio or if you would like to arrange a viewing, please contact Dan Hickman, Innovation Centre Manager, on 01234 834567.

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