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The Factory

A new space opening up access to the tools, technologies and opportunities of digital manufacturing – in the heart of Knowle West.

Bringing together digital fabrication, cutting edge design and community-led enterprise, The Factory offers a diverse range of activity for a number of different audiences. Trading activity includes making furniture, signage, installations and exhibitions, alongside more bespoke artist commissions. Our facilities and expert technicians are also available to assist with research and development projects looking to experiment, prototype and pursue creative innovation within the design process.

On a local level, The Factory offers a programme of training courses and volunteer opportunities, providing support and advice for those looking to develop these new skills into a career or business of their own.

Our creative problem-solving project Maker Lab in a Box is run in schools, focusing on the development of digital skills and encouraging young people to design, create and evaluate their own projects, guided by local experts and businesses.

The Factory has its roots in the Eagle House Pop Up Furniture Factory – a six-month pilot programme that offered training and employment to Knowle West residents from a temporary base in a disused former youth centre. During our time as leaseholders of Eagle House, we worked with a team of artists, makers and local people to complete a large commission for MIDAS and Bristol City Council to kit out Filwood Green Business Park, making nearly 500 pieces of bespoke wooden furniture. In May 2015 we moved our manufacturing enterprise into one of the new business units at the Business Park and it was renamed KWMC: The Factory.

For more information or to organise a visit please contact The Factory team on 0117 403 2306.

Banner photo: Photography © Max McClure

KWMC: The Factory Projects & Commissions (FGBP Photography © Max McClure)

Highly Commended at Go Green Awards

Knowle West Media Centre was Highly Commended in the Most Improved Travel and Transport Category at the Go Green 2016 Awards this February. Geographically, we know that KWMC can be a difficult location for some to get to - up a steep hill and south of the city centre. As an organisation we have been trying hard to reduce the number...

The Factory gives Meningitis Research Foundation a helping hand

Earlier this month the team at our digital manufacturing space KWMC: The Factory teamed up with law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) and Collecteco to provide the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) with upgraded furniture for its new office in central Bristol.

VWV donated surplus furniture and Collecteco assisted MRF in acquiring 38 desks from PricewaterhouseCoopers' Southampton office, as part of...

KWMC: The Factory receives Bristol enterprise award

KWMC: The Factory has been recognised for its contribution to training and manufacturing in Bristol, in an awards ceremony celebrating young craftsmen and women at the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House. The Guild of Guardians presented its prestigious Alfred Telling Award to our new digital manufacturing enterprise on Thursday 15th October 2015. The annual award provides a bursary of £1,500 for...

Pop-Up Furniture Factory moves to Filwood Green Business Park

The Eagle House Pop Up Furniture Factory has now moved to the newly-opened Filwood Green Business Park - after making hundreds of pieces of furniture for the building. The Business Park was officially opened by Bristol Mayor George Ferguson to enthusiastic crowds last week - and will provide a new home for environmental businesses across the city. Mr Ferguson said the new...

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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