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The Marple Wharf project will undertake comprehensive programme of renovation and refurbishment of the building which is currently in a very poor state of repair. It will be purpose designed to provide numerous activities related to heritage and health and wellbeing. The Ground floor will provide the Heritage and Visitor Centre including a cafe and the first floor a dedicated fitness and well-being centre.
PRESS RELEASE: THE WHARF MARPLE CIC
Community backed The Wharf Marple CIC takes ownership of an iconic Grade 2 listed Wharf Warehouse in Marple.
The Wharf Marple CIC and local investors today are excited and proud to announce the acquisition of The Wharf Warehouse. This momentous achievement is a long held dream to save the Wharf Warehouse, an historically important canal side building in Marple that had been at risk of conversion to residential.
The CIC’s plan, having taken ownership, is to renovate The Wharf to be a Community Café, and Heritage Centre with a much-needed health and well-being facility on the first floor.
The Wharf Marple Community Interest Company (CIC), a social enterprise has, for some time, been committed to acquiring, renovating and bringing back into use the well- known former warehouse exclusively for the Marple community. The Marple community gave the scheme their full support investing £190,000 which together with match funded grant from Government’s Community Ownership Fund of £200,000 and smaller grants from McNair Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund, meant that the CIC have been able to buy the Warehouse building and start the renovations.
The Wharf Marple Project seeks to tell the story of Marple’s industrial heritage and the significant part that Samuel Oldknow played in the town’s economic, social and cultural development. Samuel Oldknow was a prominent local industrialist, owner of the Mellor Mill and undoubtedly the chief architect and driving force in the development and industrialisation of Marple and the canals at the time.
The Wharf Marple CIC, whose Directors are local business people and heritage experts, have worked closely with Canal and River Trust, many of Marple’s special interest groups and other stakeholders to develop a viable business plan which will secure the long-term future of the Wharf building for the community. There has been widespread support for the plan from many organisations and individuals including, SMBC’s Conservation Officer, Mellor Archeological Trust, Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy Team, Canal and River Trust (CRT) and H2O Urban, CRT’s development partner, Local Cllrs, local business owners and many individuals and residents. As well as the Heritage Centre, cafe and shop on the Ground Floor, the First Floor will provide purpose designed studios for health & wellbeing groups such as Tai Chi, Pilates and Aikido.
Founder Director and Chair of The Wharf Marple CIC, Susan Ingham said, “ I am so delighted that we have finally achieved our long held dream of saving this iconic building for our community. Buying the building is just the first step and there’s a lot more work to do but once it’s renovated, The Wharf will be a tremendously valuable resource for the community and no doubt a very popular venue for everyone to enjoy”.
For more details about The Wharf Marple Project and how to invest go to the website www.thewharfmarple.co.uk and download the Investment Prospectus.