Major plans have been revealed today for a £12million expansion of the Watershed.
The venue will increase in size by 30% and will include new workspace over the rear of the exisiting building.
Planning includes the provision for the Pervasive Media Studio and an additional cinema screen.
Miriam Randall, Executive Director, said: “As well as increasing our capacity for creativity and inclusive innovation, our new expanded building will radically improve our sustainability, securing a bright future for our historic building and boosting the resilience of our economic model.”
Exciting news – today we announce plans for a BIGGER SHED.
In the past 20 years, cinema audiences have doubled. The number of artists we work with have tripled. We now have 101 FT equivalent staff.
— Watershed (@wshed) November 30, 2018
Plans for the development reveal that the Watershed plans on using sustainable timber as far as is possible.
Claire Reddington, CEO, believes that the expansion is for the people of Bristol: “It is about fulfilling increasing demand from people who want to visit, work and co-locate with us. It is about celebrating the new ideas that are developed under our roof and giving them increased visibility in the heart of the city.
“It is about ensuring our building is the most welcoming and inclusive space it can be. A bigger shed is a bigger home for creativity and will be a powerful celebration of Bristol’s flourishing cluster.”
Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, celebrated the news on Twitter earlier.
— Marvin Rees (@MarvinJRees) November 30, 2018
Others have also had their say:
Very exciting news from the Watershed! One of Bristol’s best cultural institutions 👏 https://t.co/0uINrpLDhc
— Tash (@CharisPayne) November 30, 2018
Excited for our brilliant Harbourside neighbours – Watershed are worldleading wondersmiths and a #biggershed brings more space for their creative culture to grow – a truly great thing for Bristol and beyond. Thoughtful and beautiful looking sustainable building concept too. https://t.co/9TxUwsJEqP
— Anna Starkey (@annastarkey) November 30, 2018
Exciting times for Watershed (and Bristol) https://t.co/aGS0NDuXP7
— Craig Cheney (@CheneyCraig) November 30, 2018
Watershed opened in 1982 and was Britain’s first Media Centre.
The site has continually grown over the last 36 years and has developed a reputation for talent development and cultural diversity.