9 wilcock street
manchester m16 7da
sow the city
Sow the City is 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.
+44 (0)161 465 6954
9 WILCOCK STREET
MANCHESTER M16 7DA
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.