Spencer Yard and The United Reform Church
The first project of the Creative Quarter has been confirmed as Spencer Yard and the United Reform Church.
Spencer Yard is located to the north of Leamington Spa Railway station, on the south bank of the River Leam, and directly south (across the river) of the Royal Pump Rooms. It consists of a cluster of buildings of various ages and uses around a central yard area. Spencer Yard is already home to various creative industries including Heartbreak productions, a theatre company, Purple Monster, a business consultancy, Motionhouse Dance Company, and the Loft Theatre. However, there are three buildings, the Nursery, United Reform Church (URC) and Old Dole Office that are in a state of disrepair and have been vacant for many years, meaning the area is not reaching its full potential.
An exciting destination for the Creative Industries which will include:
- A flagship Creative office space through the redevelopment and re-purposing of the United Reform Church
- Destination space for pop up events, markets, street food and arts festivals in the central yard
- More active frontages to offer more suitable and relevant spaces for the arts and creative sector
The development will reflect on the history of the area with the use of camouflage print and street art and provide a vibrant and well-signed gateway from the railway station to the North of town and other destinations.
The team at CDP are working up detailed proposals, and a planning application will be submitted before the end of the year. Building work is planned to start in Spring 2021.
Proposed Timeline for the project, subject to formal sign off by Warwick District Council Executive in November 2020
Public consultation – end of October 2020
Submit planning application – November / December 2020
Start on-site – Spring 2021
Completion – Early 2022
We will be holding a public consultation event for the plans at the end of October, and dates will be released in a few weeks’ time here and on social media so watch this space.
We hope to be able to undertake a consultation on-site but will need to follow the latest government guidance at the time.
As a minimum, more details of the plans will be published on this website where you will have the opportunity to send us your comments. If you have any comments or queries in the meantime please contact us using the contact form