As you know Parr Street will now remain open and therefore we really must take time to thank a few very special people for helping make it happen. First, we must thank Gary Millar and Steve Macfarlane for raising the funds and to Barclays for the remainder, to Cllr Steve Munby for his long standing and key political support, to Kate and Steve and all their colleagues at Team a go-go, to all at Sense of Sound, to Ged at Plast-c, to Pete, Peasy and Andrea, to all of my colleagues at 3345 and finally to you our very loyal private members.
Once the champagne fizz subsides it will be straight back to business for us. The eviction notices will be scrapped, the studios will be unsealed, bookings will be taken and normality will return following a year of uncertainty for the building’s famous tenants, including 3345 and its 8500 Members, vocal training gurus Sense of Sound, graphic design experts Plast-c (the people behind the famous Grand National branding), the management team behind Echo & Bunnymen and the management team behind “Brits” award winner Ken Nelson.
Hopefully, in partnership with local ethical and innovative design business Team a go-go, the building will be upgraded, given a serious lick of paint and brought into the 21st Century. First on the refurbishment agenda is updating and branding Parr Street’s little known hotel. 12 large accommodation rooms will be overhauled, expanded and branded as Zsleep Hotel & Studios – think innovative design, futuristic layouts, comfortable bedding and creative customers! Plus, in an effort to help with the creation of more businesses and more jobs, new offices will be added making better use of the current tired space – think incubators and the buzz of musicians and a host of other “Creatives”! And, for those companies that just want the prestige of the name Parr Street Studios, virtual office and mailing address services are being offered. In the long term, additional floors will be added to create even more incubator space – specially designed for those in the creative industry.
There are exciting times ahead for Parr Street Studios, not just because Liverpool is European Capital of Culture for 2008, but because Parr Street is a great musical instrument that only gets better with fine tuning and some serious TLC.