It has been announced that The Wheat Quarter development will include a food, arts and entertainment hub, following feedback from the local community.

Set to launch in 2023, the site will transform Welwyn Garden City’s old Shredded Wheat Factory and industrial areas, aiming to bring the local area back to life by introducing a new modern centre for locals to enjoy, as well as acting as an incubator for small, local independent businesses and budding entrepreneurs, with focus on the hospitality and arts sectors.

There will be a food hall and arts hub with a mix of kiosks and open bars, with outdoor spaces and glazed atriums. There will be between four and six independent kitchens, a coffee shop, a bar serving the best local and British craft beers with a selection of wines and cocktails. There will also be co-working spaces and galleries for local artists and students to display their works, with a display of classic motorbikes.

Falcon Bar will sit atop one of Welwyn’s most well-known structures, the iconic Silos, 120 ft above the town with views across Hertfordshire. Accessed via a new external lift this space is envisaged to become one of the area’s must-visit spaces.

Homage to the historic Welwyn Studios will come in the form of an art-house cinema. With three screens this completes our vision of creating a cultural and entertainment hub for the town and region, providing an invaluable alternative to other towns and trips into London.

John West, co-owner of The Wheat Quarter, said: “It’s such an honour to bring this amazing building back to life in such a vibrant and relevant way. For years people have walked, driven, or taken the train past this iconic site and know it’ll become part of their futures somewhere they can enjoy and create memories in.

“Bringing life and energy back to Welwyn has always been at the heart of our vision for the Wheat Quarter, and why we bought the site. I want the very best for the area and by creating this entertainment hub we bring something that is missing and needed especially by our younger residents. We will be providing jobs and opportunities for the young, and most importantly all on a brownfield site whose development in no way impacts on the green belt or heritage elements of our town.”

Image source: The Wheat Quarter

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