Following successful funding bids, The Culture Trust has secured £10m towards refurbishing three hat factories and developing a new build called Hat Studios. The collection of imposing buildings will provide 25,000 sq. ft. of new workspace for the creative industries and will enable 133 additional jobs and further inject life into a vibrant cultural district attracting 135,000 new visitors by 2023-24.

The Hat District is the best connected creative workspace cluster in the UK, being a two-minute walk from a mainline train station (22 minutes to London) and bus station connecting the region and is only 10 minutes by car from the M1 and London Luton Airport.

The Hat District portfolio consists of three buildings and one new build:

Hat Works – 47 Guildford Street

The journey begins at Hat Works, Grade II listed and believed to be the oldest factory in Luton, is ideal for those looking for affordable and flexible pay-as-you-go workspace starting at £5 per day. Hat works is the entry point for creative entrepreneurs, makers, innovators and collaborators to start-ups their micro-businesses and grow within the inspiring and industrious ecology of the Hat District.

Hat Factory Arts Centre – 65-67 Bute Street

As successful start-ups grow, they will step up to the office and studio spaces at the Hat Factory, a regional arts and cultural venue with opportunities to collaborate with other like-minded creative practitioners and SMEs. The Hat Factory also offers a theatre, comedy bar, café, education rooms, start-up retail space and a vibrant year round arts programme. The arts centre has been refurbished to increase and widen access to the arts by creating new spaces, better venues, a larger reception, café and social area.

Hat House – 32 Guildford Street

At Hat House, more established creative businesses can develop in these industrial workspaces which are light, bright and inspiring. This grand, imposing property of 11,200 sq. ft. over 5 floors has office/studio spaces ranging from 325 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq ft. The basement of Hat House is also used as a workshop and installation space.

Creative Industries can be serviced by the Hat District cluster and conditions are designed for growth. At Hat House, creative businesses will offer their professional experience and insight to start-ups and, in turn, draw upon the energy and ideas of fresh talent based in the other Hat District factories.

Hat Studios – 33-35 Guildford Street

The Trust has also secured a vacant site in Guildford Street where buildings had been demolished. Here the Trust is planning a new build which will provide 7,000 sq. ft. of workspace for creative industries. Hat Studios will be architecturally interesting and form part of the Hat District family of restored hat factories with shared signage, branding and quality standards.

Looking for creative workspace in the Hat District? Email hatdistrict@lutonculture.com

Go to www.hatdistrict.co.uk for all the latest news. Follow the Hat District on social media:

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