How can a building make you smile?Reimagining and redeveloping The Courts Imagine a place where a young person’s background, race, beliefs, gender, physical ability and economic status had nothing to do with how good they could be, what they could achieve. A space where they could fully explore their creative potential, receive support and mentoring, and find meaningful work. That place is the Old Bristol Magistrates Courts (The Courts). An enterprise centre to help young people set up their own creative businesses and develop their opportunities. A place where there are no barriers to their future, where the only things that count are their abilities and talents. Thanks to the The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Bristol City Council we are developing detailed business and architectural plans to reimagine and redevelop this historic city landmark as a place that will complement Bristol’s renowned and growing creative industries sector. To get involved and keep up to date with our progress, sign up to our newsletter. The Problem with Creativity The Creative Surplus UK creative industries are a true success story. They are growing at twice the rate of the UK economy, while employment in the sector grows at four times the rate of the national workforce. Creative industries form a key sector of UK industry, generating around £92 billion per annum and contributing more than 5% of the UK economy (DCMS, 2017). Taken as a whole, the creative industries employ about 15,900 people in the Bristol and Bath area. The region’s creatives are estimated to be 50% more productive than the UK average and productivity in creative businesses across Bristol and Bath has increased by 106% since 1999. The Creative Deficit All those positive statistics mask stark reminders about how inequality and other disadvantages are stopping many very able young people from entering the creative industries. White people hold 88% of the jobs and only 11% are occupied by BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) people. Men dominate the sector holding 63% of the jobs. In the gaming industry, a creative field in which the UK excels, 86% of jobs are held by men, 96% by white people. It is also significantly difficult if a young person comes from state education. Since 2010, there has been a 28% drop in the number of students taking creative GCSEs, with a corresponding drop in the number of specialist arts teachers. Our Solution The Courts will throw open the doors to creativity through an open, enabling and supportive environment for those talented but disadvantaged or marginalised young people seeking to enter the creative industries. Floor by floor plan Basement It is envisaged the basement level (the old cell block) will contain incubator space and enterprise workshops for young people. Our plan is to let this space on a short-term and quick-release basis for people looking to develop a business, or starting out as a young professional. Ground floor The ground floor currently has four courtrooms, one of which will be restored to its original condition and offered as a film, television and performance location. The remaining rooms will be developed into lettable spaces for multipurpose use. These will include space for Creative Youth Network services, for creative industries, youth participation work, performance, gallery exhibition and a bar/café.A public entry will ensure everyone, regardless of their physical ability, can use the same entrance. First, second & third floors The first, second and third floors will provide 1,115m² of high-quality office space let commercially and accommodating around 110 workers. These tenant organisations will share our organisational values and ethos for the building.A new lift will connect all four floors, again ensuring full access, while the old staircase will be retained as a heritage feature. We are also considering a green-roof across some of the open spaces covering the rooftop to complement the high-spec insulation, heating and cooling, and energy conservation measures planned to ensure The Courts has the lowest possible environmental impact. About us Blog Your questions for the Metro Mayor candidates Online Youth Hustings We've got your questions for the Metro Mayor candidates and we've put them forward to them. We'll update this page with their responses as soon as we get them, so keep an eye out on social media. Eli - housing Marisa - skills Callum - apprenticeships Emily - creativity Jordan and Andy - equal opportunities Zack - transport WECIL 1625 Independent People How will you ensure young people (especially those who are vulnerable and/ or homeless) have access to affordable housing in West of England? Especially those who may be in low paid work/ apprenticeships? How much control will you have over rent rates? Is there anything you can do to make affordable accommodation available for young people? How will you support young people who may no longer be eligible for housing benefit under new legislation yet still unable to live at 'home'? Is there any way you can influence or help young vulnerable people around transport, especially those in low paid work? How will you ensure services for homeless young people are consistent across counties? What does the Metro Mayor do? On the 4th May, there's an election for the new Metro Mayor for the West of England. The West of England includes Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset. The Metro Mayor is not replacing the Mayor of Bristol or the leaders of the other areas. They will have £1bn to spend over the next 30 years on three things: 1. Transport The mayor will be in charge of planning bus routes, train routes, roads, cycling and other forms of transport to make sure we can call get around quickly and efficiently. This might mean building new transport links, reducing ticket prices or encouraging people to use better forms of transport. 2. Planning The Mayor will be in charge of making sure there are enough new homes and communities built for everyone who wants to live in the area. This will mean building some new homes on ‘green’ land and refurbishing old buildings and turning them into houses. They may want to try to help young people buy their own homes or be able to afford to rent. 3. Skills The Mayor will be in charge of making sure the people who live in the area have the skills they need to get good jobs. For example there are more ‘creative jobs’ coming to the area so they may invest in training for young and old in these areas. Another example is there will be 10,000 construction jobs coming when the new power station is built at Hinckley Point. They may invest in training people as construction workers to make sure people in the area get the jobs when they come. Candidates How can we help?