The newly launched name, Cornerstone, reflects how the old parts of the library and gallery buildings will unite with the new extension, as well as the site’s corner position within Kettering town centre.
The brand also captures the individual identities of Kettering Library, Kettering Museum, the Alfred East Gallery, and the Manor House Gardens.
Cllr Helen Howell, the council’s Deputy Leader and Executive member for Sport, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said “I’m delighted to introduce the new brand of Cornerstone – I do think it’s a fitting moniker for this flagship project which will breathe new life into this quarter of Kettering town centre, a major town within North Northamptonshire. By definition ‘cornerstone’ is a word which conveys the gravity of the project and reflects its importance culturally, economically and as a community asset. It’s also wonderful that the project is progressing and we’re starting to see the many elements coming together. Once complete it will be a wonderful addition to the town and also to the wider North Northamptonshire area.”
Once complete, Cornerstone will provide:
Flexible workspace and exhibition space supporting start-ups, with support provided by us (BIPC Northamptonshire) providing an environment for creative and cultural businesses to start-up and grow.
Increased engagement with schools and educational institutions to deliver collaborative programmes, to build curiosity, develop creative and cultural talent, creating future user and visitor opportunities.
Two new events / workshop spaces, café and external terrace and improved public gardens on the site, enabling a wider range of events and activities including commercial events and opportunities.
We are also delighted to announce that our Business Intellectual Property Centre construction and refurbishment is substantially complete, and we’re very proud to be part of this wonderful project, supporting local businesses in Kettering.
For more information read the full announcement from North Northamptonshire Council- https://www.northnorthants.gov.uk/news/flagship-cultural-gem-will-be-cornerstone-ketterings-creative-quarter