There are Grade II listed buildings that have been abandoned and left for time to ravage and such is the case for an abandoned and run-down buildings in Northampton. These old buildings can be put to good use, it’s only that money is needed to be spent to restore these structures. A perfect example for such of these structures are the ones between the Guildhall, Fetter, and Angel Streets that were the center of the shoe trade in town as well as the Vulcan Works (Grade II, an abandoned ironworks), a building built in 1875 as an engineering structure for Mobbs and Co., turning to be a leather warehouse later in the century, and was finally left unused until the development of the plan for restoration.
A plan has been developed to convert Northampton’s Vulcan Works and the nearby buildings into the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies and Leather Conservation Center. This project is also supported by the Northampton Borough Council as this will create 300 jobs for the people including painters & decorators Northampton.
The construction of the Institute is expected to start later in the year. Aside from the Institute, other units for creative industries will be added together with three-storied buildings on Angel Street adding more opportunities for people to have jobs like being painters & decorators Northampton.
The Institute is a part of the Northampton University and it’s the Director of the Institute, Rachel Garwood, has stated that they are excited to bring back the leather industry to the Northampton’s center. She also stated that this will add better experience to the students, provide additional cultural experience, and it will revitalize Northampton.
Furthermore, Tim Hadland, member of the Council for regeneration mentioned that this is a big move forward for the proposal but there are still a lot more to do before it is finished. He added that Northampton is a center of creativity and that will be the focus for the center. This will generate benefits for the businesses and the town’s vitality. Leather has been a part of the town’s history; the center’s focus is on the future. With this plan, it is to make sure that the Cultural Quarter and the creative industries will continue to show how unique the culture is.