Making the Maker Space

In North Liverpool I’m involved at the moment in helping to make one the most exciting ideas I’ve heard about in a good while, a maker space called Make Liverpool.

Make Liverpool

Make Liverpool

This will be a space where you’ll be able to join and come and make whatever it is you make with the tools they’ll have and also, if you want, rent office space and be part of a whole community making things and being part of a thriving new economy for North Liverpool.

It's not far from the Bascule Bridge.

It’s not far from the Bascule Bridge.

And just over the road from the North Docks.

And just over the road from the North Docks.

It's had an interesting history, which I'll show you in a bit.

It’s had an interesting history, which I’ll show you in a bit.

But it’s been empty for the last ten years.

Interesting things are happening around it.

Interesting things are happening around it.

The next door neighbours are Kazimier’s new Invisible Wind Factory here. The Liverpool Lantern Company are nearby. Plus a load of other local traders in things like heating equipment, who Make Liverpool are going to need to trade with.

We're running an event here next week.

We’re running an event here next week.

So a group of us are helping to get things ready.

So a group of us are helping to get things ready.

The group of us are part of a programme of possibilities called The Beautiful Ideas, which I was part of launching and explaining late last year.

So far a lot of the work Make Liverpool have already done has been ripping out partitions and taking down false ceilings.

So far a lot of the work Make Liverpool have already done has been ripping out partitions and taking down false ceilings.

It's this close to the river.

It’s this close to the river.

Just opposite Wallasey.

Just opposite Wallasey.

A huge space.

A huge space.

Full of maritime light.

Full of maritime light.

And character.

And character.

As well as all the maker space there will be a café here.

As well as all the maker space there will be a café.

And a performance space.

And a performance space.

It's had an interesting history.

It’s had an interesting history.

From bikes to scooters...

From bikes to scooters…

To bubble cars...

To bubble cars…

And then ambulance equipment.

And then ambulance equipment.

So the group of us set to work.

So the group of us set to work.

Helping to turn it into what comes next.

Helping to turn it into what comes next.

Here's where we'll be running our event.

Here’s where we’ll be running our event.

Invite only and already fully booked I’m glad to say. But you’ll get lots more chances to come and visit and be part of it soon.

Telling its story.

Telling its story.

Scraping down the walls outside.

Scraping down the walls outside.

Making pallet boxes.

Making pallet boxes.

And painting.

And painting.

Painting up the future.

Painting up the future.

Helping to make it real.

Helping to make it real.

Make Liverpool will opening for business this summer. I’ll be letting you know when they’re ready enough to start takiing enquiries.

For now, know this. The new from the ground up economy of North Liverpool is on its way. And I’m so glad to be a part of helping it to happen.

More on The Beautiful Ideas here and at their website.

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