Hadleigh Old Fire Station

A former fire station converted to provide studios, community offices and a large exhibition and events space. A vital cultural and community hub in the centre of Hadleigh, Essex.

Location Details

High Street
Essex SS7 2PA

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Our studios

Hadleigh Old Fire Station has fifteen creative workspace studios and offices. There are three studios/office rooms on the ground floor and a small meeting room . Nine larger studios with good natural light on the first floor and two further rooms on the second floor. All have full access to broadband, WCs, utility sinks and car parking. 

HOFS Art House adjacent to the main building has six additional studios over two floors, a small kitchen area, WCs, further parking and outdoor picnic style seating.

Access to all upper floor studios is via stairs.

Space and support for the community​

Converted and opened as artist studios in 2011 with the refurbished Appliance Hall for use by community groups as a multi-purpose space.

The adjacent Art House provides additional space for artists and community groups.

Our community groups​

  • 2 Create
  • Active Life
  • Hadleigh & Thundersley Community Archive
  • Hadleigh Voices Community Choir
  • Kingsway Community Cinema
  • Open Arts


  • Open 24/7
  • Exhibition space
  • Located on the A13, six miles west of Southend-on-Sea

Transport links

  •  Benfleet, Leigh on Sea, London Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness
  • Frequent buses from Leigh and Southend

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Hadleigh Old Fire Station is the heart of the community.
It is the community!

Appliance Hall

Photograph of a large hall in an old fire station building
Appliance Hall, Hadleigh Old Fire Station, Essex
Our iconic Appliance Hall at Hadleigh Old Fire Station is a large, bright multi-use space. Where the fire engines were once kept, the space has an attached kitchen and accessible toilet. 

The Hall can accommodate approximately 100 people seated with tables. Parking available on site for around 20 vehicles. Dimensions: 12.3m x 11.3m (4.1m ceiling height) 140m2 (1500 sq. ft.) Hire rates start at £16 per hour.
The hall is available to hire for:
  • meetings
  • fundraising events
  • schools activities
  • sports events
  • fitness & well-being activities
  • rehearsal & performance space
  • visual arts classes and exhibitions
  • film screenings

Hire the Appliance Hall

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