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New Tenants Announced

As the nation starts to move towards a phased return to work and life after the pandemic, The Old Courts have started to occupy their creative offices spaces in the heart of the town. Since the office spaces within the Victorian arts Center were refurbished and open to let from March, they have starting to fill fast with three tenants announced today who will join three existing ones.

Northern Heart Films, Flexible Therapy and Gifts Beyond Words join existing tenants Static Records, Patrick Wilson Architect, and Tallula Vintage who were already based at The Old Courts pre-lockdown.

Northern Heart Films is an award-winning film production company specialising in documentary storytelling. They have over a decade of experience producing films for Broadcast, Cinema, Charities and Campaigns. They are passionate about crafting emotional, human focused stories that stay with you long after the end credits have rolled.

Flexible Therapy was set up by qualified Counsellor’s Jess and Carrie. They provide flexible counselling that suits individual circumstances. They offer a holistic approach. Both are also trained in creative therapy and offer services online, by phone, face-to-face and walk and talk.

Gifts Beyond Words is an online Etsy business specialising in hand-made personilised prints for special occasions. Gifts Beyond Words have seen business boom during lockdown and the pandemic.

After many years of collecting and enjoying records, Static Records decided to start selling them. All the vinyl they have has been played, cleaned and looked after…Some are new, most are old.

Tallula Vintage is a creative designer using sustainable fabrics and vintage clothing. 

Patrick Wilson Architect are a dynamic RIBA Chartered Practice, passionate about exceptional design, with over 30 years’ experience working within the UK’s construction industry. The team’s knowledge and background varies from London and the North West’s residential and commercial markets to cultural and historic building projects throughout the UK. Their ambitious architectural background is complemented by practicality and versatility. Utilising a hands-on approach with on-site supervision to lead the design and construction teams ensures maximum value is delivered for each project. 

Natasha and Scott from Northern Heart Films said: ‘’We are really excited to be one of the first tenants in the Old Courts Studio space. Not only is The Old Courts such a beautiful building but it’s within walking distance to the train station with amazing links to Manchester, London, and Preston which is a real benefit for our business. It is great to be in a space with other creative businesses with an added bonus of a bar, cafe, and theatre being on site. We are really looking forward to our future here and getting to know the team behind the building. ‘’

Samantha, owner of Gifts Beyond Words said: “The new studios at The Old Courts have provided me with the ideal space to grow my new creative business.  It’s offered me the opportunity to work alongside likeminded people and is conveniently located within the town centre.’

Patrick Wilson Founder of Patrick Wilson Architect said: “The Old Courts is a fantastic inspirational building and atmosphere to get any creative minds firing.”

Adele Atherton, Founder of Tallula Vintage said: ‘’Moving into the courts was the best decision I have ever made. I had previously worked from home but being in the supportive, creative joy that is The Old Courts has helped me more than I can explain. My business is doing fantastically well, I feel part of a family and I have never been happier it’s a truly amazing place.’’ 

The Creative Office spaces within the stunning Victorian building are the ideal space for creative businesses, start-ups and freelancers from Wigan and surrounding areas who want to come together to help create a cultural quarter in the heart of the town.  

Rebecca Davenport – Director of Sales and Marketing at The Old Courts said: “Our new studio spaces were developed to provide a new home to a variety of brilliant creatives, charitable organisations and social enterprises. We like to think that being creatives ourselves that we have made the perfect spaces for our individuals and teams to thrive.

As well as the practical facilities for our tenants including; meeting rooms, kitchenettes, a shower room, Wi-Fi and printers, we have purchased artwork from local artists to bright up the communal areas and have also commissioned ‘Oh So Specials’ to produce 2 wall murals – which are just fabulous! We’ve already welcomed several really exciting tenants and have already seen collaborative working starting to happen. There’s a great vibe around the building and I’m excited to see what other tenants we might attract!”

We have always dreamed of Wigan becoming a creative hub like the neighbouring cities of Manchester and Liverpool. We believe in the value of a creative ecology and in order to achieve that, there needs to be the infrastructure to support creatives working and residing in Wigan. Wigan has great transport links, excellent colleges and exciting cultural offers with more on the horizon such as the Wigan Pier redevelopment.  We’re hoping that our creative studios will bring Wigan one step closer to having the complete package for creatives to live and work.” 

 
Nestled within this beautiful Victorian building, the spaces are flooded with light and on the doorstep of fantastic town centre amenities, including The Old Courts’ own cafe The Fork & Brush Arts Cafe and bar, Bailiff Bar).  

Those who take up the spaces will have their own private and secure office and will also be working in a hub amongst other creative businesses. The newly renovated office spaces range in size from 87sq ft to 268sq and are available to rent from as little as £39 per week. 
 
What is included: 

·    Hotdesking options available  

·    Utilities (heating, electricity and water) 

·    WIFI 

·    Access to phonelines and onsite printers 

·    Building insurance 

·    Service charge 

·    Kitchenette with free tea and coffee 

·    Shower room 

·    Additional rentable meeting and breakout rooms 

·    Café and bar onsite 

·    Office cleaning service available 

·    Advertising opportunities within The Old Courts 

·    Listings on The Old Courts website 

·    Free/discounted tickets for selected events at The Old Courts 

·    Excellent transport links 

·    Low-cost parking options nearby 

·    Flexible lease agreements – rolling month contracts to suit all needs.  

·    A creative community perfect for small enterprises and freelancers looking to be part of a network. 

For anyone wanting more information or a viewing of the spaces post lockdown look visit the hire page of theoldcourts.com, email [email protected] or call 01942 834747.  

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Sofia Cann – Head of Marketing & Communications The Old Courts & Square Chapel Arts Centre [email protected] 07835558000  


Sofia Cann

Head of Marketing & Communications 

E: [email protected] 

M: 07835558000