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Ruskin Mill Land Trust prides itself on creating exceptional spaces for exceptional activities which can transform lives. Our building in Vittoria Street is no exception. We rescued this grade II listed factory from dereliction and have been breathing new life and enterprise into it since 2015.  We rescued it to set up a College, but also for community use.

The New Standard Works might be perfect for your event. Hiring our spaces will help us generate income to make sure we are a sustainable social enterprise. You can hire our cafe outside the usual weekday opening hours; light and airy by day, creative-industrial cool by night, our Makers Studio for creative workshops or meetings, our Heritage Lounge for a quirky backdrop to your drinks reception, or even hold an event in our Rooftop garden-microfarm!

Please get in touch [email protected] for all booking and hire related enquiries. We include prices and details about facilities in this section. 

The Makers Studio

The Makers Studio is available to hire during our general opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am– 5pm by the hour. It is also available at weekends (minimum half day booking).

It can be used both for meetings and as a creative workshop space - or both! if you are interested in combining the two, please get in touch to discuss the creative activities we can offer to enliven a business meeting!

Room size and facilities

The Makers Studio can be laid out in a number of ways:

  • Boardroom: 20 people
  • Theatre: 30 people
  • Cabaret: 25 people
  • Horseshoe: 15 people
  • Standing: Max. 40 people

Free WiFi: available is on ground floor – Ask for details.

There are 8 power sockets.

A flip chart is available and a projector and screen can be hired £10.

The Hive Cafe & Bakery

The Cafe and Bakery is only available for hire on a weekday after 4.30pm for a minimum of two hours. At weekends the space is available to hire for a minimum of a half day booking.

We can provide seating around tables for 55 guests (see standard configuration image below). We can bring in extra tables to accommodate up to 67 people. We can cater for up to 70-75 guests in theatre style (see picture below).

We can move the tables to create a standing space to accommodate 100 people. 

We have some portable event lighting to enhance an evening event booking at no extra charge.

The Hive Heritage Lounge

The Heritage Lounge is available along with any Cafe & Bakery hire. We can move furniture out of the space to create standing room.

The Gallery

You can hire our space for exhibitions and for daytime and evening events (depending on which exhibition is in situ at the time). 

Please get in touch to discuss rates for exhibitions. Event hire prices are available below. 

Room Hire Rates


Corporate & weekend /Community (per hour)

Corporate & weekend

/Community (per half day/max 4 hours)

Corporate & weekend

Community (per full day/max 8 hours)

Café/Heritage Lounge




Makers Studio



£160 /£110

Gallery Space




Whole ground floor hire which includes additional foyer spaces. EVENINGS & WEEKENDS ONLY




Useful Information

Disabled Access: There is a platform list just inside the main entrance on Vittoria Street, and ground floor access off Regent Place. Please click HERE for detailed access information.

Directions and parking information can be found HERE.

Toilets: Toilets are available on the ground floor. One of these is accessible.

Alcohol Licence: No, but users of The Hive may supply their own drinks for own use, not for sale. You may be able to apply for a Temporary Events Notice to sell alcohol or run regulated entertainment events. Please talk to us about this.

Refreshments & Catering

In The Makers Studio and cafe (when closed) unlimited 'make your own' hot drinks are charged at £2 pp (half day) and £3 pp (full day). Or, you are welcome to bring in your own supplies and borrow our hot water urn.  

Other refreshments and drinks are available from the Café during weekday opening hours.

Daytime catering can also be arranged if required with The Hive Café & Bakery. Please visit the cafe pages for more details, including how to contact their staff.

Terms & Conditions of Hire & Booking Form

Please email to check availability [email protected] T&Cs and a booking form will be sent to you if you wish to proceed. We recommend that you visit our spaces and talk through any requirements.

The New Standard Works - Rooftop Garden and Organic Microfarm

image of two views on the rooftop garden

Please ring to discuss if you wish to hire our rooftop for an event: [email protected]