VIDEO: Former BCCA building transformed into new creative hub in Boscombe

Bournemouth Echo: BIG DAY: Cllr John Beesley officially opens The Old School House by the Sea BIG DAY: Cllr John Beesley officially opens The Old School House by the Sea

A FORMER Victorian school in Bournemouth has been transformed into a new creative hub, officially opening at the weekend.

The ex-BCCA building in Boscombe has been turned into an art hub for creative industries called The Old School House By the Sea and family housing.

A special event on Saturday saw people from the community invited to the launch to view the new facilities, learn more about the By the Sea project as well as the new affordable housing scheme, Gladstone Mews. The partial demolition of the building has proved a controversial topic over the years, with campaigners opposed to the new plans staging a mock funeral march last year.

Cllr John Beesley, leader of Bournemouth council, cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the Old School House. He said: “I am extremely pleased.

“They held a preview for interested creative industries and business on Friday night, which was extremely well attended and I think having seen what they have done to the Old School House, it is very impressive.

“We have taken a lot of advice from people who are in the creative industry and understand the requirements for such a facility.”

He also praised the housing development at Gladstone Mews, which is due to open later this year.

Both the arts hub and housing are part of the Boscombe Regeneration Project’s Backing Boscombe campaign. Cllr Jane Kelly, cabinet member for partnerships and regeneration, added: “The Old School House is looking fantastic and will be a great asset for Boscombe.

“We are lucky enough to already have a growing creative community in Boscombe as well as many talented graduates.”

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11:57am Tue 20 May 14

Old Colonial says...

"The Old School House By the Sea"!!

And what creative genius thought that one up?
"The Old School House By the Sea"!! And what creative genius thought that one up? Old Colonial
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12:47pm Tue 20 May 14

UrbanCrab says...

Well that's a popular opening, I count 10 people including the photographers and politicians. Well done Cllr Beesley, a roaring success for the community, you must be so proud. A clear example of the quality and popularity of your community engagement and consultation skills.
Well that's a popular opening, I count 10 people including the photographers and politicians. Well done Cllr Beesley, a roaring success for the community, you must be so proud. A clear example of the quality and popularity of your community engagement and consultation skills. UrbanCrab
  • Score: 3

3:36pm Tue 20 May 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Don't know what Ms Bickler got to smile about.Oh, yes, i do.Earn't £49,000 a year as the Neighbourhood Manager and then jumped ship when the funding was starting to decrease and let the area fall into free-fall.

So we see Cllr Jane Kelly,Regeration portfolio holder smiling.The only reason that she got that post is because research shows her occupation as a farmer and it did not take Cllr Beesley to work out that being a farmer you'll used to Bull***t.

So watch out for the 'Grim Reaper !' He's getting his costume for the local election.
Don't know what Ms Bickler got to smile about.Oh, yes, i do.Earn't £49,000 a year as the Neighbourhood Manager and then jumped ship when the funding was starting to decrease and let the area fall into free-fall. So we see Cllr Jane Kelly,Regeration portfolio holder smiling.The only reason that she got that post is because research shows her occupation as a farmer and it did not take Cllr Beesley to work out that being a farmer you'll used to Bull***t. So watch out for the 'Grim Reaper !' He's getting his costume for the local election. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 6

9:40pm Tue 20 May 14

jinglebell says...

"....boxes, made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same..."
It no longer inspires the creative mind to innovative ventures but rather evokes a resemblance to the bland, of conformity, of sameness, and containment, and the stifling of challenging thoughts, it is all which is the anathema for the life blood of the creative.....it is, in short, for those who favour all things beige in life.
It will become Council offices next year...and another long remembered failure of this Conservative Council
"....boxes, made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same..." It no longer inspires the creative mind to innovative ventures but rather evokes a resemblance to the bland, of conformity, of sameness, and containment, and the stifling of challenging thoughts, it is all which is the anathema for the life blood of the creative.....it is, in short, for those who favour all things beige in life. It will become Council offices next year...and another long remembered failure of this Conservative Council jinglebell
  • Score: 6

5:27am Wed 21 May 14

churchill gardens resident says...

Moooooooo
Moooooooo churchill gardens resident
  • Score: 1

6:20am Wed 21 May 14

Miss_Lizzie says...

Pop next door to Factory Studios to see how it should be done!
Pop next door to Factory Studios to see how it should be done! Miss_Lizzie
  • Score: 1

9:00pm Wed 21 May 14

SFF says...

Anybody we know in Boscombe get invited to this?
Anybody we know in Boscombe get invited to this? SFF
  • Score: 1

9:07pm Wed 21 May 14

SFF says...

Oh God it is so awful! That beautiful listed building with the interior covered in white paint and full of cubicles like any office building that we have already. A crying shame.
Oh God it is so awful! That beautiful listed building with the interior covered in white paint and full of cubicles like any office building that we have already. A crying shame. SFF
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