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The Making Rooms - Innovation Hub and Fab Lab brought to Blackburn

The Making Rooms is a place where creativity, technology and advanced manufacturing come together in a community facility for use by all.

(Above Image - Eddie Kirkby, Director of The Making Rooms)

The Making Rooms is a place where creativity, technology and advanced manufacturing come together in a community facility for use by businesses, artists, inventors, students, children and just about everyone else to design and make anything from high-tech products and gadgets to toys, artworks, home decorations and t-shirts.

At the heart of The Making Rooms is a Fab Lab containing an impressive range of modern fabrication equipment combining advanced manufacturing with traditional craft processes including 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, CNC machining, pottery, sculpture and screen printing, to name but a few.

The facility can be used for personal fabrication and hobbies, commercial prototyping and artwork, testing new processes & equipment, technical and creative training, education, or just plain fun!

The Making Rooms is an independent Community Interest Company (CiC) which aims to:

  • Help create more jobs in the creative and manufacturing sectors by enabling and supporting new business creation
  • Improve employability by giving people future creative and technical skills
  • Increase participation in Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics and The Arts
  • Improve the well-being of Lancashire residents by providing fun, interesting and self-development activities and enabling people to design and make their own products


The Fab Lab is one of the only facilities of its kind in the country equipped with cutting edge equipment such as 3D printers and small scale manufacturing machinery that will allow people to test and try out new ideas.

Director of The Making Rooms, Eddie Kirkby, said: “We want to encourage young people to come along and experience what it is like to be working in manufacturing. From toys, games and instruments they can have a go at making it all.”

The Making Rooms is based in the former Bentley’s bar in Museum Street and was supported by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, The Arts Council England, and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and will engage with people of all ages and backgrounds, students, businesses, entrepreneurs, inventors, hobbyists and everyone in between.

Plans to work with local schools and businesses are also on the agenda according to Dr Kirkby.

He said: “Blackburn was the prime location to add the Fab Lab because of the town’s heritage and wealth of experience when it comes to manufacturing. We are encouraging people of all ages to come along from eight to 80 there’s no limit, although those under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult and those aged between 14 and 16 need a letter from parents.”

The Making Rooms are looking for fresh new start-ups and entrepreneurs making anything from art to high-tech gadgets  that can make the best use of our facilities - providing a safe and flexible environment for young companies to grow, develop and collaborate.

Situated right in the heart of Blackburn center, The Making Rooms is a digital fabrication centre where anyone can design, make, experiment, develop, learn and play with a wide range of equipment from high-tech digital manufacturing such as 3D printing to traditional craft such as pottery.

The Making rooms has a variety of space for hire in the form of offices, workshops, creative studios, meeting space, training rooms and exhibition space at highly competitive rates.

We provide workshops and training programmes; start-up business support and facilities; design and prototyping services for existing businesses; and machine hire – discounted for tenants.

The rental charge includes water, heating, electricity and buildings insurance. There is free high speed wireless broadband throughout and it even has it's own Fab Coffee shop.

A range of rooms set up for conferences, including boardroom style meetings with capacity for 20 people or training rooms for 12-15 delegates. These rooms have a projector, flip chart and free WiFi. Refreshments and catering are available on request, with a wide range of catering options.

For enquries and more information contact Thomas Macpherson-Pope: tom.macpherson-pope@makingrooms.org / Tel: 07966 269966

The Making Rooms,
1 Exchange Street,
Blackburn
BB1 7JN