After extensive refurbishment by Essex County Council in association with Castle Point Regeneration Partnership and with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency, Hadleigh Old Fire Station is home to 15 artists and several local community groups. The light and spacious studios provide locally based artists much needed space to develop their practice and facilitate a range of arts activities based in the community. Community groups using the offices and hall facilities benefit from a central location in the town well-known to local people.
The ‘appliance hall’ – where fire engines were once kept - has been converted into a large, multi-use space which is available to hire for community activities, exhibitions and events (see Facilities ). HOFS House, adjacent to the Fire Station, has also been converted for use as artist’ studios and groups working in the community.
Hadleigh Old Fire Station is an important stepping stone towards supporting and developing an arts and cultural community in Hadleigh for many years to come, as part of the regeneration plans for the town centre.