Some familiar names on the board, looks good. It won’t be easy but I really hope the area thrives.
THE new body leading the £5.2m plan to transform Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle district into a creative quarter has appointed a manager and board of directors to push the project forward.
The Daily Post revealed last year that a new company called Baltic Creative was being formed to help transform the neglected area into a hub for creative and digital businesses.
The company, funded by the Northwest Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund, has bought four buildings and aims to transform them into accommodation for more than 60 businesses.
Now Baltic Creative has named Erika Rushton as chair of its board, with Mark Lawler as creative manager.
The other board members include Jayne Casey, the artistic director for the European Capital of Culture opening at St George’s Hall in 2008 and one of the best-known figures on Liverpool’s music scene.
Several creative organisations, including the New Picket music venue and Elevator Studios, are already based in the Baltic Triangle. If Baltic Creative proves a success, it could spark more development in an area seen as ripe for regeneration.