Come and join our exciting community | The Making Rooms

Come and join our exciting community

The Making rooms is not just a makerspace but is the hub of Blackburn with Darwen’s growing community of entrepreneurs, craft businesses, artists and startups.

Our co-working environment provides a variety of space for rent or hire in the form of offices, workshops, creative studios, meeting spaces, training rooms and exhibition space at highly competitive rates with discounts for startup businesses.

It is also the home for Blackburn’s first ever startup accelerator, TECH BLACKBURN, a quarterly programme with cohorts of 8 to 10 entrepreneurs bringing their new business ideas to life within a co-working environment.


Situated right in the heart of Blackburn town centre, The Making Rooms hosts a digital fabrication facility where anyone can design, make, experiment, develop, learn and play with a wide range of equipment from high-tech digital manufacturing such as 3D printing to traditional craft such as pottery.

We don’t do all this alone though but surround ourselves with an ecosystem of support for individuals and small businesses including finance; product development; marketing; business development; and innovation to name but a few.


Only 2 spaces left to rent!

We currently have 10 tenants at The Making Rooms which means we’ve only got 2 rooms left for rent, which are:

Room 203

A mid-sized light and airy office/studio/workshop space on the second floor neighbouring a product designer and one of our artists.  

Size: 222 ft2

Price: £350 pcm

Room 201

Our largest studio/workshop just vacated by our latest artist in residence, David Boultbee of BreadArt

Size: 338 ft2

Price: £500 pcm


Features of tenancy

Tenancy for offices, studios and workshops is based on a one-month notice easy in, easy out basis and includes the following:

  • 24hr access
  • WiFi broadband
  • Electricity
  • Heating
  • Water
  • Free use of kitchen
  • Cleaning of communal areas
  • 20% discount on machine hire (see below for machine list)
  • 10% discount on training programmes and workshops
  • Free drink every week from Fab Coffee

All rooms qualify for small business rate relief so no rates will be payable.

Our tenants

We are looking for fresh new start-ups and entrepreneurs making anything from art to high-tech gadgets that can make the best use of our facilities. We aim to provide a low risk and flexible environment for young companies to grow, develop and collaborate. Meet our current tenants on this page.