Centre for the Arts at the University of Bath Building, Claverton Down, Architect, England, Image, Design

Centre for the Arts – University of Bath : Claverton Down Campus

University of Bath Building, UK – design by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

9 Jan 2012

University of Bath Centre for the Arts

Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios


Following a competitive interview Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have been appointed as the Lead designer to redevelop the new Centre for the Arts at the University of Bath.

University of Bath Centre for the Arts building design

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios appointed by the University of Bath to design the new Centre for the Arts based at the Claverton Down campus

The Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA) will be the primary user of the new building for the delivery of student-led activities and its public programme of classes, workshops, performances and exhibitions in visual arts, dance, theatre and music.

In addition the University of Bath of School of Management with occupy part of the building for their executive training programme and there will be a dual use for some of the spaces where possible to achieve the maximum utilisation of the building. Flexibility of all space utilisation is a key to the functionality of this building with the existing theatre also being used for general teaching when not required by ICIA.

The site for the Centre comprises two existing buildings; the Peter Smithson conceived Arts Lecture Theatre and the Arts Barn that will be replaced by a substantial extension to the Arts Theatre that will include a gallery, dance and performance studios, visual arts studios and music practice rooms for individuals and ensembles as well as a suite of spaces for the University’s Executive MBA programme.

Bath University Building Arts Complex design

The new Centre will attract many visitors to the campus by offering a public programme of arts events and activities as well as catering for University students and staff providing both a new base for the arts and additional flexible teaching space.

Welcoming the appointment John Struthers, Director of ICIA, said: “These new facilities will make a huge difference to what the University can offer to our students, staff and the wider community.

“We are absolutely delighted that Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have been selected to design this flagship project for the University and look forward to working with them over the coming months to create a building with regional and national importance.”

Jo Wright from FCBStudios commented: “We are delighted to be working at the University of Bath again; As teachers and alumni we welcome the challenge of designing facilities for such an exciting range of uses, and of bringing new life to the Arts Theatre.’’

The University will be targeting a low energy building, a planning application will be submitted in summer 2012 and it is hoped that construction work on a new centre will begin in spring 2013, with the building open to the public from autumn 2014. It is anticipated that the total cost of the new Centre will be in the order of £10.75m.

University of Bath Centre for the Arts – Building Information

Project Team: Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Project Manager: Jones Lang LaSalle
Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds
Services Engineer: Hoare Lea & Partners
Structural Engineer: Mann Williams

The Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA) presents a public arts programme curated around an annual theme. The season includes visual arts, theatre, dance and music with an interdisciplinary emphasis, including exhibitions, films, discussions, practical workshops and classes. As an academic research centre, ICIA commissions and supports new arts projects, residencies, training opportunities, seminars and symposia exploring interdisciplinary arts practice. http://www.bath.ac.uk/icia/home/

Recently completed projects in Bath by FCBS include the award winning refurbishment of the Theatre Royal Bath and the new Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care at Bath Royal United Hospital.

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Location:Claverton Down campus, Bath, England

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