The Gecko Creation Space

We're planning a game-changing new building on Ipswich's iconic waterfront.

Supported by Ipswich Borough Council, we’ve been working with Ipswich based architects EDRM to create an industry leading creation and devising space at the heart of Ipswich’s waterfront. 

Gecko’s Artistic Director Amit Lahav said:

“This will be a revolutionary space that people will be interested in all over the country. We could have conversations with all sorts of places but we want to be here. This will breed a sense of confidence and celebration [in Ipswich’s arts scene]. We have the opportunity to work with our community and celebrate where we are, and make a real thing about that.

To have it surrounded and used by people from around the world, and work with people here, it’s celebrating that Ipswich has got something amazing.”

Leader of the Council David Ellesmere said:

“The architects have come up with a really innovative design. We can see the Winerack and we are starting to see the Waterfront getting to where we want it to be. If we can secure Gecko here working with DanceEast it does create more of a vibe here.”

We’re currently awaiting the outcome of a £500,000 capital application to Arts Council England to support the project and will be launching a fundraising campaign soon. Keep an eye on our social media or sign up to our newsletter for further updates.

Gecko’s Head of Operations and Development Steve Allman said:

"We're thrilled to be working with our partners at Ipswich Borough Council to transform an unloved warehouse into the Gecko Creation Space, a world class facility which will act as our headquarters and allow us to create new shows, work in partnership with companies and artists from around the world and will be the home for our community and participation projects.

It's really exciting that the Creation Space will be the catalyst for the whole of the St Peter's Dock redevelopment, transforming this neglected end of the waterfront into a creative hub for the arts and digital sector. We can't wait to share more of our plans with you in the near future."

David Ellesmere’s and Amit Lahav’s quotes courtesy of Ipswich Star.

Please click here for the BBC article.

Watch this 'space'...

The Gecko Creation Space CGI: EDRM Architects/Daniel Fisher Architectural Visualisation