Worcester Civic Society propose that Towns Fund invesment focuses on the Shrub Hill Opportunity Area (SHOA). We want to see SHOA becoming an attractive destination for businesses, residents and visitors arriving by train and key gateway to our city with better connectivity to the city centre. As a Civic Society, we feel it is particularly important that the Grade II listed Heenan and Froude ‘Engine House’ is refurbished and repurposed as part of any redevelopment scheme, preserving an important part of Worcester’s heritage but also utilising it as a key element of the city’s future. A community hub/arts, performance and cultural venue in the Engine House, with a landscaped terrace outside, could serve as a community centre for new and existing residents in the area. The building could also provide a hub for much needed small business start-ups and incubator units.
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