Fire on roof at We The Curious - now closed until at least Jan 2023

Wednesday 29 June | Jen Forster

On Saturday 9 April, a fire broke out up on our roof, located on a section of our solar panels.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service and the police arrived quickly and dealt with the fire; all our staff and visitors were evacuated safely.

Image credit: Martin Booth

The evidence indicates that damage to the photovoltaic solar panels was most likely caused by birds, which caused a fault in the electrical system. This then resulted in a fire spreading to the roof.

Our team of contractors are still assessing the damage; we’ve sustained some significant fire and water damage to the roof, our second floor and our building systems.

 

Image credit: 3Sixty 

 

What does it mean for now?

It means that we now know that we won’t be open before January 2023. 

The water damage is quite extensive, and crucially, it’s in our building systems – so we need to replace our heating and cooling systems. 

We’re committed to becoming carbon net zero by 2030, so this work falls in line with our project pathway to reach that target, and will significantly reduce our energy consumption once reopen.  

The assessment surveys are still taking place, so we don’t have a reopening date yet – but hope to have some clarity on a reopening timeline later in the summer.  


In the meantime, we're heading to every postcode of Bristol!
We’ll be visiting every postcode in Bristol while our building is closed; we’ll be taking the We The Curious experience out and about! Starting this summer, find us popping up at free community events and city festivals across the city. We'll be posting details of events on our website, so do keep an eye out.  

As soon as we have any updates about reopening, we’ll post updates here on our website and social media channels.
 


Let's Build on Millennium Square - credit Lisa Whiting 
 

Need to contact us?

Bookings, tickets, membership and gift vouchers - info@wethecurious.org

Venue hire events – venue.hire@wethecurious.org

School trips - education@wethecurious.org

We’ve taken tickets off sale, so you won’t be able to book tickets at the moment.


 

Thank you!
We’ve been bowled over by the messages of support and help that we’ve received already. It really does mean a lot and makes a huge difference. 

 

Support us
As an educational charity, we’re so grateful for the incredible response we’ve had so far; we’ve received £50,556 in donations from our friends and supporters. If you have donated or shared, thank you!

Despite closure, we're passionately committed to turning the challenge of closure into new opportunities for communities and schoolchildren, and continuing our work as a charity.

You might know that we were closed for over a year during the pandemic, which hit us pretty hard financially. We were still in our first year of reopening and recovery when the fire happened. In addition, we’ve all seen how the pandemic has worsened educational and social inequality for children and young people. This need and our commitment to supporting them is not on pause just because our venue is temporarily closed.

We’re working closely with local community groups and schools around how we can meet their needs now - from ‘playing out’ learning activities across the city to school roadshows - and once we’re reopened.

Your support can make this happen and help us to build back stronger for everyone. If you’d like to get involved, please donate at justgiving.com/wethecurious