Level Centre Rowsley, Derbyshire Architecture, Building, Architect, Picture, Project
Level Centre Derbyshire : Rowsley Building
Rowsley Development – design by Clash Associates in Derbyshire, England, UK
11 Dec 2008
Level Centre opens in Rowsley, Derbyshire
Design: Clash Associates
Photographs : Martine Hamilton Knight
The Level Centre, designed by Clash Associates, is now officially open. The Level Centre is the new home to First Movement, an organisation that develops arts projects with people with learning disabilities.
The Level (Live Event Link) project allows creative collaborations between different groups of learning disabled people who live many miles apart, by means of live video and audio link-ups.
The Level Centre building has flexible spaces with facilities for general purpose arts and creative events, allowing a wide variety of performing, visual and media arts projects, equipped with lighting, sound, video projection and data services. The major spaces of the centre are supported by a range of ancillary meeting rooms, offices and toilet facilities along with creative industry studios available for rent to local artists.
Situated at the edge of the Peak District National Park, the building has a distinct character emanating from the strong forms and materials used in its construction, including handmade brick and grey/green zinc, although it blends easily into the valley and surrounding hills.
The Level Centre provides a friendly, safe, accessible and inclusive place with clear spatial organisation, allowing easy and intuitive movement through a sequence of architectural spaces which encourage creativity and lift the spirit
The Level Centre uses a low technology, intelligent design approach that combines highly insulated and predominantly high mass construction with natural lighting and ventilation. This ensures that the building has a high degree of environmental ambition with an enclosing fabric, which meets the aim of the client to have a low maintenance, flexible and robust building with good thermal and acoustic qualities.
Peter Clash, director, Clash Associates said, ‘We have enjoyed the challenge of working with First Movement to make a building which seeks to match the farsightedness and imagination of the design brief.’
First Movement’s Peter Shelton said ‘The Level Centre is a world first in the use of new arts technology with learning disabled people. The centre creates a virtual space in which people many miles apart can collaborate on the same project. Our new building promotes new aspirations for our core users, our staff and the wider creative community in rural Derbyshire.’
Clash Associates Architects
Clash Associates Architects is an architectural, urban and landscape design practice based in Central London. The practice has produced a diverse range of work at different scales, including urban planning, transport, bridges, landscaping, sports, arts and leisure projects, both in the UK and overseas, with projects undertaken in Holland, France, and China.
First Movement is an arts organisation specialising in developing high quality arts projects with learning disabled people. Its mission is to create opportunities for people with severe and profound learning disabilities to work together to develop and promote their unique creativity through the arts.
Level Centre Rowsley – Building Information
Client: First Movement Trust
Architect: Clash Associates Ltd
Structural Engineer: Price and Myers
Services Engineer: Hulley and Kirkwood
Quantity Surveyor: Nigel Tate Associates
Access Consultant: Michele Taylor
Contractor: Wildgoose Construction
Photography: Martine Hamilton Knight
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