Charles Hadcock – Sculptor & Chairman of Creative Lancashire


Holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion

I am a contemporary sculptor. I have  lived in Lancashire for the last 18 years having relocated from London.  I specialise in making large scale cast metal sculpture. My work features in collections around the UK and Europe. With a knowledge of manufacturing and engineering I have developed other business interests which include a printing business, a hydro electricity generating station, and a multi occupancy art and design centre. I also support various organisations and charities in a voluntary capacity.

I have exhibited and sold my work consistently during the past 25 years with some 18 solo shows and over 30 group exhibitions.  I have been commissioned many times to produce permanent sculpture for public parks and squares and for private organisations and individuals.

Since 2013 I have been developing a new body of sculpture which I have been exhibiting in critically acclaimed solo shows in London. The production of these sculptures has been made easier because of the techniques and skills of a variety of engineering firms based around the country 

I am MD of Designbit Ltd t/a Roach Bridge Tissues. Together with my wife, Camilla, in 1999, we set up a specialist wrapping tissue paper printing company to continue her family tradition of paper manufacture and merchanting, based at Roach Bridge Paper Mill, Samlesbury since 1875.  We continue to supply luxury and prestigious branded tissue paper to many of the high street shops across the country.

I am the Development Director of Edenbrace Ltd which owns the Roach Bridge Mill site. Taking advantage of the 18th century infrastructure already in place at Roach Bridge Mill, I developed and project managed the successful installation of a 230 KWH  hydro electricity generating plant which has the capacity to supply power to the whole Roach Bridge Mill complex, allowing the products produced on site to have truly green credentials.

The long term development plan for the Roach Bridge Mill site includes a multi occupancy office building and further workshops and industrial units. Planning permission was granted after a long public consultation and design process for this historic Lancashire Mill.

In 2001 I purchased the old North West Water Authority building in Preston to house my sculpture studio and in the surplus space I designed and built the award winning Watermark Art and Design complex.  I am no longer involved as an owner but continue to advise some of the companies in the complex.

In 2004 I built a second office complex, The Benchmark, which is adjacent to The Watermark.  This is now one of my sculpture studios.

Charles will be delivering a talk on 17 May 2018 during our Business Innovation Growth Symposium at Blackburn Cathedral. Tickets via Eventbrite.