About the Old Parcels Office
The Old Parcels Office Artspace (OPO) is an up a coming arts venue in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, run by the Trustees and volunteers of the arts charity, Scarborough Studios
Housed in a grade II listed building located on Scarborough Station, the space now provides 7 artist studios, and 2 gallery/events spaces. Since it opened in September 2021 the OPO has received almost 20,000 visitors
The building was constructed to the designs of the then North Eastern Railway Architect, William Bell in 1883 as an excursion station. The large rooms are all double height spaces with yellow glazed bricks to the lower levels and unglazed yellow bricks above. The roof incorporates glass and timber glazing; it is hipped but flat topped. The exterior is of yellow brick with sandstone dressings. In 1908 the building became a parcels office and following a short period as a store it became derelict until repaired in 2013.
Since 2013 Scarborough Studios Ltd has raised over £800k to restore this historic building; reinstating the stunning skylights, which flood our studios and spaces with natural light, installing heating, lighting and toilets, and sympathetically refurbishing the interior of the building to provide a Learning Space, Gallery, offices and facilities.
Scarborough Studios Ltd are grateful to Scarborough Borough Council, Network Rail, Arts Council England, Historic England, Railways Heritage Trust, Yorkshire Coast Community Led Local Development (CLLD) project and the many volunteers who have donated time, expertise and money to realise this project.
Architects: Walker Cunnington
Construction: FA Stockill & Son
Scarborough Studios CIO is a registered charity no 1193187