PLANNING APPROVED!

Our £9m redevelopment plan has been approved! We’re delighted to receive the news that our planning application has been approved by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Operations Director, Caer Butler said: ‘We are delighted with the successful outcome of the approval for The Exchange’s whole building application. This momentous moment enables Re:Source Blackburn, the charity…

OUR BIG PLANS REVEALED AND SUBMITTED!

Following extensive consultation, research and design expertise, we’re delighted to announce that the planning application for our £9 million redevelopment of The Exchange has been submitted to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. This is a major milestone on our journey. Our grand plans include:- The lower ground floor – formerly Tiggi’s restaurant – redeveloped for…

CHRISTMAS TREE CALL OUT FOR DECADES OF DECORATIONS

Historic Christmas Tree Festival appeal for Decades of Decorations Blackburn’s iconic Exchange building, known to many as the former Apollo cinema, will welcome hundreds of visitors to the stunning town centre venue when it stages a free Christmas Tree festival bringing together community organisations, schools and local businesses. The event is the first of its…

COUNTDOWN TO CONFESSIONAL

Final preparations are underway for this history-making festival which showcases some of the brightest new talent on the live music scene. With just two days to go until Confessional 2023 starts, it will be held again in the historic Grade II-listed former Cotton Exchange in Blackburn, opposite the Town Hall. Usually a single-day affair, the…

SKIP BACK EVENTS TO SHARE CINEMA’S PAST

Vintage red cinema tip-up chairs, movie posters and the smell of buttered popcorn will be used in a multi-sensory reminiscence space to capture stories which celebrate a people’s history of cinema-going at The Exchange. The ‘Skip Back’ events will take place in a mini-museum and reminiscence space in what used to be Tiggi’s bar area,…

Confessional 23

We’re delighted to be hosting Confessional 2023, a unique and creative two day music and arts festival featuring some of the best emerging grassroots artists from around the UK, along with higher profile artists. Now in it’s 7th year, each year the event just gets bigger and better with live bands, DJs, spoken word, live art,…

PUBLIC CONSULTATION DRAFT PLANS

WE’VE GOT BIG PLANS – AND WE’D LOVE TO SHOW YOU THEM! Our next open day is on Tuesday 28th March and would love you to pop in between noon and 1pm or later, between 6pm and 7pm to meet our architects, Buttress. The team will share their draft plans based on your aspirations and ideas…

Harmony Food Fair

A global food fair by the local Harmony Project attracted over 80 people who were served an international menu serving recipes from 12 countries. Civic dignitaries from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council attended with partner organisations such as ARC. It was a joyous event celebrating members of the community who have made great contributions with…

Buttress appointed as Architects

Manchester based architects, Buttress have been appointed as the design team who will produce the architectural plans, with listed building consent, up to RIBA stage 3, to begin the transformation of The Exchange into a cultural and community hub for the town centre. John James McGregor, Chair of the Trustees said: “In appointing Buttress, we…