Former Liverpool print works transformed into creative space

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by Stephen Chapman

A new creative space in Liverpool has been launched in the centre of its Fabric District.

The Tapestry is a 25,000sq ft print works, which has “quietly” undergone a huge transformation.

Set across 4 floors and split between 2 buildings, joined by a walkway, it’s owned by the Abbott Family, through their Proactive Property brand.

“My father operated the building as a print works for many years until he retired in 2002. We knew that we wanted to retain it, but without a clear vision and strategy rented it to a number of short term tenants until interest in the area began to gather momentum,” explained Jason Abbott.

“Initially we did consider residential development, recognising the potential with the growth of the Knowledge Quarter and the new hospital and had drawings created for 142 apartments, however, this didn’t necessarily fit comfortably with us in terms of the future of the building. It’s been fantastic to see the development of the Baltic area, and more recently the North Docks, but ultimately, it has been a few key people or organisations that have lead the creative development, and we wanted to take that role here in the Fabric District.”

The building will include a cafe and separate bar on the ground floor, with studios and event space. The second and third levels are occupied by “two flagship tenants”, with the top floor being used as a community space until a tenant is found later in the year.

“What we have now is vast, open and interesting spaces which creative businesses and organisations can adapt to suit their own needs,” continued Abbott. 

“The building has attracted so much interest from such a diverse audience and through organic conversation and meaningful engagement we have secured three flagship tenants already who will occupy 80% of the building under long term leases. These tenants will form their own micro communities who together will form and nurture a wider community.”