Inspiring spaces

Largely preserved in its original form, the Kasbah area with its quirky buildings and quayside setting is the perfect place for a diverse range of businesses, but it has a particular appeal to the creative community.

Historic structures with open brick and industrial fittings remain a much sought after look for on-trend offices and enterprise spaces, as reflected in regenerated areas such as London’s King’s Cross, or the Hat District in Luton. These types of buildings often attract media, arts and artisan crafts businesses, drawn by the history of an area and the unpolished, raw effect which adds to the ambience.

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Why the Kasbah?

Grimsby Docks is a non-residential area which is ideal for commercial and light industrial enterprises. In a sector where highly refined workspaces and studios are not essential, the Kasbah can offer edgy interiors to rival any big city space at a fraction of the price.

The area also continues to attract the attention of the film and television industry having been used as a location in parts of Atonement, This Is England and, in 2021, a motorbike helmet advertising campaign shot within Grimsby Dock’s historic streets which you can view by clicking the link below. In 2022 the area featured in the film Three Day Millionaire, a black comedy about a gang of Grimsby Trawlermen who carry out the heist of a lifetime; and in 2023 it was the setting for many of the the 1940s scenes in the Netflix sci-fi series Bodies.

Click on Filming below, or view the Kasbah Film QTR brochure for more information.

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Who could make
their base here?

In recent years, the Kasbah’s Auckland Road was home to a recording studio, and many a budding musician has unleashed their creativity in this historic part of town, so if it is a music-friendly workplace you are seeking, this is the place to be.

Currently established in Auckland Road is inspirational support organisation Creative Start whose amazing murals can be seen around Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

International “interdisciplinary social” artist Annabel McCourt, known locally for her installation “Murmuration” in St. James Square, has also made her base on Auckland Road, and next door – above Coffee on the Docks – Dale Mackie works as ABP’s Artist in Residence.  In the same building are studios, creative pods and communal facilities managed by WE1 Group Heritage, perfect for emerging designers, makers and other creatives.

On Wharncliffe Road recent occupants include Grimbarians, Simon Card Jewellery, and Turntable Gallery.  Should you need more space, as a sculptor, a potter, a painter, a joiner or a blacksmith, there are suitable properties you can adapt to your needs.  Contact haz@nelincs.gov.uk for help getting started.

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Create North East Lincolnshire

Create North East Lincolnshire connects and champions heritage, arts & culture with other sectors for skills, jobs and opportunities, providing tools for growth and success.

Our shared goal is to evolve the creative landscapes of North East Lincolnshire

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Artist in workshop

Create North East Lincolnshire run rounds of funding that provide opportunities via professional development grants, project grants and match funding support for heritage, arts, cultural and creative practice.

To find out about the latest funding, training sessions, go see visits, networking events and drop-ins, visit www.createnortheastlincolnshire.co.uk or keep up to date via social media: @CreateNorthEastLincolnshire on Facebook, @createnelincs on Instagram and @CreateNEL on X.

You can also email the team for further advice and queries at createnortheastlincolnshire@nelincs.gov.uk

For examples of the type of buildings you can rent, including funding and rent relief information visit the property page.