Construction work has commenced on a new Maker Space in the old Department for Work and Pensions building (DWP) in Sutton-in-Ashfield, breathing new life and opportunities into the disused building.

Situated in the heart of the town, High Pavement House is a new hub for business and innovation, offering modern business space alongside a community-operated workshop facility. On the ground floor, Maker Space at High Pavement House is a place where people can learn, socialise and collaborate while accessing a range of machinery and equipment along with practical advice in a live workshop setting. It’s a place where anyone can create, build and learn new skills. On the first floor is our new business space. A modern, well-equipped business centre containing various lettable units complete with communal kitchen, meeting space, breakout areas and, of course, high-speed internet. It’s a centrally located address where businesses can thrive.

The new Makerspace Committee was formed in January – a group of local enthusiasts who will manage the creative space when it opens later this year. Funding is being invested from the Future High Streets Fund as part of the £6.2 million secured from government, to be used to transform Sutton Town Centre.

Keep a look out for the launch of the Maker Space Facebook page in June.

Executive Lead for Growth, Regeneration and Local Planning, Cllr Matt Relf visited the site as works commenced and said: “Today marks the start of something special in Ashfield. This new state of the art multifunctional space will create a hub in Ashfield and allow residents and businesses inclusive access to industrial equipment, skills and opportunities which may have been out of reach previously.”

“Work is on track and we look forward to seeing the facilities when they are up and running in November and to welcoming new members who will be supported by the committee to make the most of this fantastic initiative.”

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