Two local businesses have been appointed to redesign and refurbish Worcester’s Victorian railway arches, transforming a central city area into a modern, 21st Century workplace for creative industries. 

The appointments of KKE Architects and structural engineering firm Shire are important milestones in the ambitious £4.5m redevelopment known as The Arches – Worcester.

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of two local firms to breathe new life in to The Arches-Worcester,” said Andrew Round, Director of Place at Worcester City Council.

“This ambitious £4.5m initiative will provide a major boost to the city’s arts and culture offer, creating new space for small creative businesses and also funding a programme of exciting new festivals for Worcester.”

Worcester based KKE Architects has already been involved in a number of major regeneration schemes for the city, including the Royal Porcelain Works, The Kiln co-working space and several refurbishment schemes for the University of Worcester.

Local structural engineering firm Shire has worked extensively for the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust at prestigious sites including Blists Hill’s new Victorian Street, the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and the Jackfield Tile Museum.

A sustainable approach will be taken throughout the redevelopment, ensuring that energy usage and carbon emissions from the refurbished Arches are kept to a minimum.