Access to Art


Access to Art, a fast growing private sector educational consultancy were searching for a new HQ and studio facilities in the City Centre. The facility required dance, drama and music rehearsal studios, combined with private tuition rooms, conventional classrooms, administration offices, sound insulated recording studios and a crèche. The remodelling of No.1¬¬¬ Bond Street required an interiors scheme produced and costed at high speed. The feasibility study demonstrated that the clients schedule of accommodation could be successfully woven into the 1,100 square metre site, bringing another city centre building back into contemporary use. The cost of the four specialist recording studios including their insulation from road traffic vibration proved prohibitive within the constraints of the initial budget. However, the cost model and design strategy gave the client sufficient confidence to redevelop a comprehensive business plan and to bid for UK Arts Lottery funding. A second City Centre site was found adjacent to the river frontage in the north of the city and a second feasibility study initiated.