Art centre proposals for iconic Fleetwood building

Artist's impression of how a gallery in the Angel Building would look.
Artist's impression of how a gallery in the Angel Building would look.

Plans have been revealed which would see an eyesore site in Fleetwood transformed into a vibrant arts centre.

Former Fleetwood man George Greenall is heading a team which wants to restore the Clifton and Orient buildings on Station Road.

The Angel Building project would see rooms used to house facilities such as an art gallery, small theatre and film suite – a base for a broad range of visual and performing arts.

Thornton resident Mr Greenall, 48, has outlined ideas to the owner of the two empty buildings and is looking at possible funding options for the project.

He said: “The idea is to transform two potentially beautiful buildings into a lively facility which can encourage talented local people and also act as a magnet to bring visitors to Fleetwood.

“We are aiming to set up training programmes and workshops, develop a community website TV facility with content heavily influenced by local people.

“The idea would be to offer creative opportunities to people normally alienated from that kind of cultural activity.”

Mr Greenall, who set up a community interest company called GLR Productions to oversee the project, has spoken with Andrew Hayhurst, owner of the buildings, about the plans.

Although Mr Hayhurst has lodged his own proposals for part of the Orient Building with Wyre planners, namely to rent it out as accommodation to Nautical Campus students, he is confident the arts initiative and student flats could happily co-exist.

Mr Greenall, who currently runs a Wyre-based online film enterprise called EDP Creative Editions, is now looking for Fleetwood folk to come forward to help form a committee which would have a say about the art activities in the proposed centre.

And he added: “We are also looking for expressions of interest from groups, individuals or companies who can donate, sponsor or help in any way.”

Mr Hayhurst said: “I think our schemes could dovetail quite nicely together and ultimately make good use of these fine buildings, whether they lease or even buy.”

Contact Mr Greenall on (01253) 825206 or email: info@fleetwoodplustv.co.uk