The former DWP building in Sutton will be transformed into offices, businesses and creative spaces
As part of the £6.27million Future High Streets Fund which has been secured by Ashfield District Council, the former DWP building on High Pavement, Sutton, will be converted into a shared office, retail detail and a creative space.
Ashfield District Council purchased the building in September 2021 through the Future High Street Fund which was awarded to the council in January 2021 to regenerate Sutton town centre.
This project will see the building converted into a mixed-use center comprising a shared Maker Space facility and a business center.
The ground floor Maker space will be a community space with access to equipment for members to use, learn new skills, invent and build while socializing and collaborating.
The business center will contain small rental units for new and existing businesses in the creative industries, with communal kitchen facilities, meeting spaces and breakout areas.
Renovation work is expected to be completed before the end of the year and artist impressions have now been revealed.
Cllr Matthew Relf, Senior Executive Member for Corporate Regeneration and Transformation, said: “The artist impressions are an exciting step in the development of this project, which will give new purpose and energy to this prominent building in Sutton. Home to the new Makerspace and Business Center, it will be an incredible asset to residents of Sutton and the rest of the district.
“The business center will allow new creative industries to flourish in a purpose-built space. The Makerspace will provide a fantastic space that will give people the opportunity to learn valuable new skills and enjoy the fun of making things. This is just one of many exciting projects we are developing through the Future High Street and Towns Fund worth over £70m.