Come and help launch the former Apollo cinema

Published Monday 5 September 2016 at 16:30

Cotton Exchange

A public consultation event has been announced inviting people to have their say on the future of the former Cotton Exchange.

The Grade II listed building on King William Street, which has undergone a number of transformations since its original use including a cinema and a restaurant, is set for a new life under new owners Re:Source.

The charity that works with church groups and Christian networks, bought the building last September following a £500,000 donation from the Lancaster Foundation, donations from the church, which is part of Re:Source and backing from the Cornerstone Development Trust as well as Blackburn with Darwen Council.

The group is currently looking at a number of suggestions for the building’s future including using it as an arts or a business centre but are inviting locals to let them know what they think.

The public consultation will take place on Wednesday, September 21 from 2pm-8pm, when Re:Source will be throwing open the doors to the historic building.

There will be a chance to meet the architects working with the group and have a tour of the building.

Dr Alastair Murdoch, Chair of Trustees of Re:Source said:

We would like people to attend the consultation to help us decide what to do with this important and wonderful building. There will be an opportunity for you to look at the draft plans, consider the options, have a tour around the building at 2pm or 6pm and listen to a short 30 minute talk by James Sanderson of Purcell (architects) at 3pm or 7pm.

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