In 2020 the Southport Town Deal set an aim of diversifying the economy to retain young people and look beyond the seasonal economy for growth. The BID consulted Manchester academic, Dr Eric Lybeck, to explore application of his prize-winning plans to reactivate so-called ‘left-behind’ towns through creative placemaking.

The Engine Room in Unit 44 of the historic Wayfarer’s Arcade, a former dance studio, provides a pilot for the idea that we can use empty spaces, especially retail and High Street units, to spark change and innovation.

LinkedIn: The Engine Room

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