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Make CIC to infuse Argyle Street with creativity as part of revitalising the area

4 weeks ago

Make CIC to infuse Argyle Street with creativity as part of revitalising the area
Make CIC. Credit: Amy Heycock

Make CIC, a community interest company dedicated to enriching communities through creativity, art, and culture, is thrilled to announce a major expansion in partnership with Kimpton.

This collaboration, with Make CIC and Kimpton, focuses on the full renovation of a building on Argyle Street in Birkenhead, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing revitalisation of the area.

The extensive renovation project, delivered by Kimpton’s Turnkey Commercial fit out team is well underway.

It involves a strip-out and the installation of new heating, electrics, plumbing, and builders work to completely refurbish the building to create a café, conference and workshop space as well as studios and artist space.

The project is being delivered with a focus on sustainability, with materials and furniture donated by Kimpton’s partners and as much of the work carried out by local suppliers as possible. The new space will be a beautiful and functional hub for creativity and community engagement. 

Make CIC. Credit: Amy Heycock
Make CIC. Credit: Amy Heycock

Make CIC’s mission is clear:

“We unite and enrich communities through creativity, art, and culture. Whether you want to take part in a class, become a resident, or commission us for a project – Make is where people turn their passions into prosperity.”

Matt Breakwell, from Kimpton, said:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Make CIC to create such an important space for independent makers of Wirral.

“It’s fantastic to be working with a fellow Liverpool City Region organisation that was set up to create a place where makers can come together, feel supported, and develop their small businesses as part of a community.

“Organisations like Make are so important to the regeneration of the area, and we’re proud to be part of their journey.

Make CIC. Credit: Amy Heycock
Make CIC. Credit: Amy Heycock

Liam Kelly, CEO of Make CIC, said:

“Make have taken on an ambitious project and needed to find a partner who understood the challenges but shared the same goals of sustainability and impact. Kimpton have supported Make with other bits in Liverpool and Knowsley, so it felt like a natural partnership to deliver the dream! 

“We’re looking to complete phase 1 with Kimpton this summer, which will see the ground floor cafe and education spaces open, with studios and art spaces on the first and second floor.

“Then we will set about to raise more funds to complete the second phase, which includes the top floor studios, basement studios with making space, and the key areas of impact with an eco-education room and growing space on the roof.”

The Argyle Street site is set to become a central venue for independent makers and small business owners when phase one of the building is complete and it opens later this summer, providing a vibrant and supportive environment where creativity can flourish.

This development is a key part of the wider regeneration efforts in Birkenhead, aiming to boost local culture and economy by fostering a thriving community of creatives and entrepreneurs.

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