Come and Join our Exciting Community | The Making Rooms

Come and Join our Exciting Community

The Making Rooms is not just a makerspace, it 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 on one month rolling contracts (easy in – easy out) and also short term 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.

The Making Rooms 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, we 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.

Benefits 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.

We have three studios (104, 202, 203) available at the moment. Drop us an email to to arrange to see our facilities or join the wait-list for a studio. We also have hotdesking space at The Making Rooms (see below) where, unusually, you keep the same desk each day you work here.


Do you need a large space? Or a room with a sink?

As we are nearly full, these rooms are currently tenanted. You may want to join our waiting list to be first considered when a room like this becomes available.

Just starting out?

We run fully funded accelerator programmes for people with product ideas and artists, which includes the use of our hot desking spaces. Drop us an email to to find out more.


Our tenants

We are always 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 provide a low risk and flexible environment for young companies to grow, develop and collaborate. Meet our current tenants on this page.