Dakeyne Street, once an empty, derelict building, is a prime example of how crumbling structures can be brought back to life and re-purposed in an enterprising way. As part of Nottingham’s ‘Growth Plan’, which identifies creative industries as a focus for new jobs and investment, Nottingham City Council (NCC) successfully bid for a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant to restore and revitalise the disused factory at Dakeyne Street.
Wates Construction was appointed to the Dakeyne Street project through the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) framework, which is managed by Scape, and was tasked with transforming the building into a unique hub for small and medium sized digital and creative businesses.
Wates’ work on the flagship project truly showcases its expertise in revitalising historical buildings, which spans over 40 years. Thanks to close collaborative working with empa, its local supply chain and NCC, the team has ensured the delivery of a first-class creative centre that gives a nod to Sneinton’s heritage, whilst providing an economic boost to benefit the local community.
Established in 1914, the building was originally a factory occupied by James Wilson & Son, a manufacturer of hosiery and clothing, and used as an air raid shelter during the Second World War to accommodate approximately 500 residents. After closing, the building fell into disrepair and subsequently became the subject of efforts made by NCC to retain the existing frame, whilst transforming the internal space for small to medium sized creative businesses located in the area.
Utilising Wates’ expertise in the heritage sector, the project resulted in the creation of numerous training and employment opportunities for the local community, which saw the team place specific focus on developing skills in heritage restoration.