The Thailand Creative and Design Centre will move to the Grand Postal Building in Bangkok's Bang Rak district in 2017 following a major renovation of the 74-year-old building.
TCDC chairman Chaiyong Rattana-angkura told The Nation yesterday that the renovation would start in 2016 when the manage?ment contract between state enter?prise Thailand Post, the owner of the building, and Impact Exhibition Management, the building’s current operator, expired.
Chaiyong said the contract between the TCDC and Thailand Post would be signed soon.
The TCDC’s new headquarters will have at least 8,000sq m more space than TCDC’s existing home and will house the centre’s stake?holders while delivering many activities to serve increasing demand in the industry.
The TCDC is currently located on the sixth floor of the high-end Emporium department store on Sukhumvit Road, Phrom Phong. With 4,500sq m of space, the venue boasts exhibition areas and a design library.
Chaiyong said local designers and young business operators would be allowed to set up offices at TCDC’s new headquarters, help?ing them meet international visi?tors and buyers.
This year Bt80 million of the new space’s Bt400 million plan?ning and renovation budget will be spent on planning and developing the details of the project,” he said, adding that the remainder of the Bt400 million will come from the government over the next two financial years.
With the larger capacity, he said TCDC would enhance its service as a national design centre by match?ing Thai companies with interna?tional buyers and organising fash?ion and design weeks.
The centre would continue focusing on promoting Thailand as a creative hub.
On top of building awareness and conducting training programmes, workshops, seminars and confer?ences for younger generation and local businesses, the centre would next year get more deeply involved with its stakeholders.
Chaiyong said it would also push key issues related to creatives and policy-makers in a bid to enhance the capability of local enterprises through things like tax privileges, incentives from the Board of Investment and financial support from the government.
Established in 2004, TCDC is overseen by the Office of Knowledge Management and Development, which is a part of the Office of the Prime Minister.