Craneworks development in BathTired of seeing the derelict buildings in Bath between Lower Bristol road and the river stood empty? Would you rather the old Stothert & Pitt factory buildings were converted into a series of contemporary working spaces, a cutting edge centre for invention where thousands of local people from all backgrounds – including children and young people – can come together to be inspired and to learn to create, invent and make? Craneworks need your help to make this happen. It wants to provide 35,000 sq ft of warehouse-style workspaces for creative, digital media and technology businesses of various sizes.  But to do it, it needs to show the people of the city support it, which you can do right now by signing this petition.

Craneworks is a community-led and community-owned project and promises to make a real difference to the city. The project includes plans for a Makespace, with 3D printers, laser cutters, public access computers and dirty space for making projects in metal, wood, fabrics, and so on.

It will also provide two large auditoria which can act as cinemas, conference space and provide space for ‘show and tell’ events. It would also house the Bath Film Festival programme and other arts and festival events.

“Craneworks is a Community Interest Company (CIC) and will become a charity in the future”


What’s more, Craneworks is a Community Interest Company (CIC) and will become a charity in the future.

The project (below) has already got some high profile support from the lies of Rt. Hon. Don Foster MP and James Dyson.

craneworksFoster said: “As recognised in the Nesta report, Bath is already building an international reputation as a centre for creativity and technology. However, to maximise the potential, to encourage new talent and ensure growth, additional multidisciplinary facilities are urgently needed. The Craneworks project is the ideal solution.”

While Dyson explains: “I want Bath to be a city of high achievers, of great innovators, of brilliant creators. To do so, it must play to its strengths.

“Rather than going after the quick buck, Bath should invest in attracting, developing and supporting the businesses that open peoples’ minds. I look forward to seeing Bath build on its heritage as a city of culture and innovation.”

Follow developments on the Craneworks project on their @Cranewrks Twitter feed.


Jamie Middleton