Underground Studios to bring the Harnham Bunker back to life

By Nick Batten on 13 October, 2021

Salisbury City Council has announced that Underground Studios CIC will soon be the new custodian of The Harnham Bunker.

Following an application process in June for new tenants at the bunker with a focus on provision for young people, Underground Studios CIC plans to launch a programme of workshops, sessions and a creative youth club at the site.

This will provide young people with experiences and opportunities to learn and develop skills in music and digital media. The Underground Studios is a collaboration between Alex Mobaraki, Andy Munns and Naomi Payne who between them bring a huge amount of experience in these areas.

The Bunker will be renovated to create multi-use areas where many creative activities can be pursued. These include a Radio and Podcasting Studio, music practice space, a recording studio, TV studio and an IT and editing suite.

There will be a chance for young people to learn about digital media in the forms of Radio, Podcasting, TV and Film as well as journalism and digital media projects aimed at the wider community with a wider age range of participants.

The team at Underground Studios also wishes to open its doors to other partner organisations working with young people and other sections of the community to develop a vibrant creative hub and maximise the space.

The Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr Caroline Corbin said, “The City Council is delighted to support Underground Studios to bring the Bunker back into community use for the benefit of the community. We encourage all those interested to get in touch with the team and make the most of the opportunities.”

Andy Munns, a Director of Underground Studios CIC, said, “It is hugely exciting to be entrusted with The Bunker. It’s an amazing space that will allow us to welcome lots of young people, and some older ones too, into the space and allow them to learn and develop new skills. It’s really important to us that as many people, from as many backgrounds as possible can access the projects that we are running and The Bunker becomes well known as a welcoming and safe place for people to come and try new things.”

Andy has joined the newly formed Youth Forum that has been put together by Sarah Gregson, the City Council’s Communities Manager and will be working with her to connect their work.

There are conversations already taking place with The City Council Communities Team, Wiltshire Creative and Wiltshire Council to increase provision through collaboration to provide more exciting opportunities for young people in Salisbury.

For more updates and information visit The Underground Studios website – http://theundergroundstudios.co.uk or follow it on social media.