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The Atkins Building Vision

The main aims of the renovation of the Atkins Building were:

  • To realise the ambition of creating a cultural quarter in a key run down part of Hinckley.
  • To create a cultural enterprise centre that will generate local employment and stimulate creative industry within the area.
  • To facilitate the development of a new college of further education focussing on creative media and arts, this would complement the enterprise centre and generate significant activity from students using the town centre.
  • To breathe life back into an important listed hosiery factory building which is a landmark building, and an important part of the industrial heritage of Hinckley.

“The Atkins family were central to the history of Hinckley over several centuries through their continued ownership of the hosiery company.

It is considered apt that a building that housed one of the most innovative hosiery firms in the country is about to become a hub for contemporary creative businesses. The huge numbers of Hinckley people who over the years worked at the factory, the large numbers of local Hinckley businesses that relied on custom from those working there; and the local, national and international significance of Hinckley's hosiery industry which was focused on the Atkins site from 1722 onwards all go towards making the rehabilitation of this magnificent building such an important event for the town.”

Rowan Roanish, Victorian Society

The project reclaimed 0.8ha of Brownfield land and 43,055sq ft of Grade II listed building dated from 1875 and designed by architects Goddard and Paget of Leicester.

Hinckley & Bosworth BC's ambitious intervention provided a unique opportunity for North Warwickshire and Hinckley College to develop a campus adjacent to the Atkins building. The college which opened to students in September 2011 intends to focus solely on creative courses and promote a synergy between the two projects with students using the space to work in and gaining experience alongside innovative creative new-start companies.

  • © 2017 Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council