New serviced studio’s grand opening

Oldham Council leader Councillor Jim McMahon OBE seen cutting the chain.

This Saturday afternoon, Oldham’s first hackspace was officially opened by Councillor Jim McMahon OBE. The open day was attended by a number of creatives and programmers from Oldham and surrounding area.

Known as “Hack Oldham”, the new facility enables its members to sew, make furniture, programme computers and draw. Wannabe members can join Hack Oldham by paying a monthly membership starting at £5.00 per calendar month. If desired, members could pay more than the minimum rate. Premium membership rates are available, and members are more than welcome to make a donation. All of which fund the non-profit organisation.

At present, facilities include a wood shop, 3D printers, meeting space, and an electronics lab. With the cost of leasing offices and working from home a premium for some people, it offers an alternative place and collaborative environment.

There is also a number of public sessions suiting a range of interests from embroidery to photography. Plus, tea and coffee making facilities for its members (a modest donation applies, though hot drinks are substantially cheaper than the Costabucks Nero outlets).

Among the projects showcased was a 3D printed topographical map of the Oldham boundary, from Saddleworth to Newton Heath. Raspberry PI PCs were also on display as well as a virtual reality system. Visitors, taking a set of wooden stairs to the first floor were greeted by a Dalek.

Councillor Jim McMahon OBE seen with Andy Powell.

Hack Oldham is sponsored by Caffeinated Projects. Situated on the north-eastern fringes of Hollinwood, they are a design agency. The hackspace is on Hardcastle Street, just off Yorkshire Street and close to Oldham Mumps tram station. Numerous buses call on Yorkshire Street and Union Street close to Hack Oldham.

For further information why not visit their website which is If you wish, you could tell them that East of the M60 sent you.

S.V., 13 June 2015.

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