A major new expansion of Warwick Arts Centre; the redevelopment includes new state-of-the-art digital teaching, conference and cinema facilities, new commercial opportunities, further café and bar provision, a linking set of new foyers and a new integrated approach to Arts Centre reception/ box office and the University’s central conference reception and welcome facilities.
The Arts Centre has been built up over a period of 40 years, with incremental phases adding new facilities to the existing collection of buildings centred around a foyer space which is now compromised by numerous split-levels and unclear route finding. However, the Centre remains a much loved facility both for the students and staff of the University as well as local people. During the daytime the Centre acts as a central meeting place for students and staff, and a place for informal study, in the evening it transforms into a major regional arts centre attracting audiences from across the West Midlands.
We have worked in depth with the Arts Centre and end users to develop a bespoke and truly unique design proposal based on a lengthy process of research and options development. The design proposals have been based on a detailed understanding of the requirements of a number of groups of end users all of whom share and use the Arts Centre building, with multiple and often overlapping needs.
We adopted a masterplanning approach to the designs for the Arts Centre, identifying areas that are redundant or underperforming that could free up space for redevelopment, and designing new facilities that could fit within this space which at the same time addresses the complex client needs.
The proposed new works are for a targeted insertion of new facilities to work alongside the existing Arts Centre, replacing an area that could be successfully removed without affecting the rest of the Arts Centre, and new works phased while maintaining ‘business as usual’ as much as possible throughout the works.