2016 is an exciting year for Blackburn as it will see the opening of The Making Rooms, a unique facility that brings together art and technology.
The Making Rooms is a state of the art technology and manufacturing hub that will help put the town back on the map as a place for start-up businesses and manufacturing innovation.
One of the only facilities of its kind in the country it will be equipped with cutting edge equipment such as 3D printers and small scale manufacturing machinery that will allow people to test and try out new ideas.
It will also host a technology hub for new businesses to use as a work space as well as hosting courses, events and groups based around digital innovation.
In addition there will be studios, workshops and exhibition spaces for artists and craftspeople, as well as provision for artist residences for both local and international artists.
It will offer training in collaboration with school and colleges and local businesses.
Based in the Bentleys building on Museum Street, formerly a bank, it will incorporate the best ideas from similar facilities around the world and is one of only two such projects in the country.
The project is funded by Arts Council England, the Lancashire Economic Partnership and backed by Blackburn with Darwen Council.