The Arches – Worcester

Transforming the Victorian arches into a new cultural hub


The Arches – Worcester

Speller Metcalfe was appointed to transform a selection of Worcester’s Victorian railway arches into a major new cultural quarter for the City.

An initial five railway arches located between Foregate Street Station and The Hive have been converted into studios and workspaces for local artists and creative businesses, with new electrical supplies, toilets and drainage being installed. A number of arches in the same vicinity have already been successfully converted in recent years and are now home to a number of small businesses.

The Arches – Worcester was delivered by the Worcester Cultural Partnership, which is transforming the area into a modern 21st Century workplace for creative industries and a cultural destination for tourists and local communities. It has been awarded more than £3m in funding from the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England. The Partnership is made up of Worcester City Council, the University of Worcester, Severn Arts, The Arch Company and Worcestershire County Council.