Sow the Cityis the Manchester based social enterprise that manages the Boiler House. Established in 2009 we empower communities to grow and live sustainably. Sow the City moved into the Boiler House in May 2018.
Welcome to Boiler House – a former district power station just a mile from the middle of Manchester, repurposed as a centre for making and mending. In the 1990s the Boiler House operated as a power station for thousands of homes in Moss Side. In May 2019, Manchester-based social enterprise Sow the City signed a 12-year lease on the building. At the Boiler House we aim to provide free and low-cost use of tools, equipment and space for people and be a catalyst for people to reach their potential. We run a variety of community workshops, providing skills for employment, improving health and wellbeing, developing a circular economy, and promoting gender and race equality.Our centre provides space for people of all ages and backgrounds to work together and participate in practical hands-on ways to shape their lives and communities. This could be as simple as making planters for growing veg at home, or as complex as developing collaborative art, or designing and fabricating new products. We believe everyone can participate given the right encouragement and support.