Our Premises – The Lighthouse Project
Our Facilities & Premises
In February 2009 Inspire Middleton signed a 10 year lease to take space in the ground floor of a 100 year old grade II former cotton mill, called Warwick Mill. The mill had been derelict for some time and was scheduled to be redeveloped into apartments and flats. Due to the changing economy and collapse of the property market this idea was put on hold and the building owners started to progressively re-let the premises to various occupiers.
The Lighthouse Project centre is one of the most recent occupiers and when we first moved into the building we took approximately 6,500 square feet of space which we then had to alter and refurbish in order to make the space suitable for use. These works were completed by a group of volunteers and we opened some of the space to the public in June 2009. Since first moving in we have taken another 4,000 sq ft of space some of which we has used to provide a community base for Heywood Model Railway Group who work with us.
Being on the ground floor has meant we have been able to accommodate facilities for disabled volunteers and visitors with an easy access ramp and a disabled toilet.
Here are some of the main facilities that we have:
- Entrance / reception area
- Refreshment coffee bar & Lounge area
- Public internet access in various locations
- An IT Training suite – 9 PCs
- A mixture of meeting / training and activity rooms for our own use or community hire
- An Arts and Crafts area, including an art room and small exhibition space
- Training Kitchen
- Children’s Activity and play room
- A quiet room / potential sensory / counselling room
- Model railway club room
- Garden and Outdoor area – coming soon as part of our development plans
We are planning to expand the range of facilities in the building, and more will come on line as funding allows.