The BIS is the home of creativity in Hartlepool.

This beautifully restored former Post Office (GPO) building in Whitby Street is home to a community of creative industry sector SMEs, artists, designers and sector start-ups.  Close to the centre of town and Hartlepool Train Station and town centre, it’s part of the changing scene in this cultural quarter of Hartlepool.  

Award Winning Building!

The BIS is an award winning facility which  celebrates the regeneration transformation of this grade II listed building. 

  • RTPI North East Award for Planning Excellence 2020 
  • LABC Northern Building Excellence Awards winners of the Best change of use of an existing building
  • RIBA North East Awards shortlisted for an award
  • RICS Social Impact Award winner of the Heritage Award

How to find us

Our address:  13-17 Whitby Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7AD. 

Reception is open 8.30am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30 – 4.30pm on Fridays. Studio Holders have access to the building 24/7.


There is limited free parking available to the rear of the building. Guests can only access this during reception opening hours. Pay and Display Parking is available on surrounding streets or in the public car park next to the building. This is accessible from Dover Street, next to Hodgsons on Whitby Street.  

Contact Us

The BIS Team

Tel: (01429) 363150

Follow us

Twitter: @BisHartlepool
Facebook: The BIS Hartlepool