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 Bristol Youth Services Programme Want to know the youth sessions we'll be delivering in June and July? Come along for great fun at open access sessions, small group work and specialist support. Do you work with a young person who needs more intensive support? Refer a young person to our one to one support. Keep an eye on our website, as we'll provide an update for our summer timetable in early July. North Bristol Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Afternoon Young Men’s Group Southmead Adventure Playground 3.30-5.30pm 4YP, supporting Brook: Henbury School 12-1pm 4YP, supporting Brook: Orchard School 12.40-1.40pm Young Carers Group Henbury School 2-3pm 4YP, supporting Brook: Oasis Brightstowe 12-2.15pm Evening Southmead Youth Session Southmead Youth Centre 5-7PM LGBT Group Lanercost Centre 6:30-8:30pm Southmead Youth Session Southmead Youth Centre 5-7PM Targeted Youth Group Lockleaze Adventure Playground 5.30-8pm Printmaking The Greenway Centre 5-7PM Music The Greenway Centre 5-7PM Targeted Youth Group Southmead Adventure Playground 6.45 – 8.30pm South Bristol Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Afternoon Healthy Living – Cooking Group Gatehouse 3.30-5.30pm Detached session Afternoon/early evening Morrison's (Hartcliffe) 4YP, supporting Brook: Bedminster Down School 12-2pm Bridge Campus 12.30-2pm 4YP, supporting Brook: Ashton Park School 12.30-1.30pm John Williams Oasis 12.30-1.30pm Bridge Campus – Targeted Group 12.30-2pm Targeted Youth Group Knowle West Health Park 4-6pm 4YP, supporting Brook: Merchants Academy 12.30-2pm Teenfit LPW House 4-6pm Evening Young Carers Group The Park Times TBC Deaner Café Bedminster Targeted Youth Group 6-8pm LGBT Group The Park Times TBC East Central Bristol Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Morning 4YP, supporting Brook Brunel Academy 12.15-1.15pm Resilience Workshops John Cabot School 10.30-12noon 4YP, supporting Brook Bristol Metropolitan Academy 12.00-1.20pm Afternoon Young Men’s Group Barton Hill Settlement 3.30-5pm English Conversation Club The Station 4-5.30pm Allotment Group Barton Hill 3.30-5.30pm Hillfields Junior Night 4-7pm Healthy Lifestyles Wellspring HLC 4-6pm Art Therapy (Refugee & Asylum Seeking Young People) The Station 2-4pm Young women’s group Barton Hill 3.30-5pm Evening Hillfields Senior Night 5-8pm Move it Mondays (Young women) The Station 5-7pm Basement Studio music night The Station 7-9.30pm Creative course – Theatre Meadowvale Community Centre 5-7pm Welcome Wednesdays The Station 5-7.30pm Project Night Speedwell Children’s Centre 5-7pm Creative Course – Film Hillfields Youth Club 5pm – 7pm Unity Youth Forum The Station 5.30-7pm (Third Thursday monthly) Basement Studio music night The Station 7-9.30pm Creative course –Fashion The Station 5pm -7pm Haween Group (Monthly 1st Friday of the month) Hillfields 5-7pm Youth Club Dings 7-9pm Feel Good Friday The Station 6.30-9.30pm These activities are part of the Bristol City Council Youth Services.