The BIS is the centre for creative industry businesses in Hartlepool. Formerly the General Post Office building, Hartlepool Borough Council brought the Whitby Street building back in to use in 2019. This beautiful Northern Renaissance Style and Grade II listed building closed and for a while was used as a bar and nightclub in the intervening years. The refurbishment and enlargement of the building has begun a new chapter in the buildings life as it welcomes businesses in the creative industries, working in both the commercial sector and community arts sector.
Details history of the building coming soon.
Source: Hartlepool Library Service Collection. Credit: Douglas Ferriday
The project was funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority and Hartlepool Borough Council and delivered in partnership with the Northern School of Art. It is part of a wider Council initiative that is developing an innovation and skills quarter around Church Street.