It does this by providing open public access to digital manufacturing equipment and expertise, supporting a vibrant community of green innovation, creativity and enterprise. Bristol Maker Lab is intended for use by the general public, artists, graduates, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and sole traders, universities and corporates, R&D and business development.
Activity will take place every day throughout the year across two permanent locations and will also deliver programmes for schools and libraries.
We began this ambitious concept with a pilot: a Pop-Up Furniture Factory that ran in the old Eagle House Youth Centre in Knowle West, South Bristol. Local people gained training in digital manufacturing whilst helping to deliver a large commercial furniture contract to the new Filwood Green Business Park. Our lease of the Eagle House building ended in May 2015 and we have established a community micro-manufacturing space in one of the business units at Filwood Green Business Park. We are open to take commissions – please contact Justin Ricks for more information.
The Pop-Up Furniture Factory pilot and the larger Bristol Maker Lab concept demonstrate that Bristol is a resilient city and that sustainability can be achieved through local manufacture and knowledge exchange. This fits with the aims of Bristol as European Green Capital 2015.