Location: Nottingham, UK
Type: Cultural – Public
Gross internal area: 1360 m2
Gross external area: 1510 m2
Construction value: £3.1 million
Start on site date: February 2007
Build completion date: June 2008
Building uses: Gallery space 284 sqm Rehearsal space 109sqm Educational workshop 78sqm Office 78sqm Artist in residence 15sqm Artist prep room 18sqm Hot desking facility 20sqm Café 62sqm Meeting room 32sqm
Project Description from the Architects:
“Hawkins\Brown was appointed to design the New Art Exchange building, the UK’s first regional inner city arts center devoted solely to the promotion of Black and Asian arts.
Built on the site of the existing arts center in the heart of the Hyson Green district of Nottingham, the New Art Exchange has created employment and provided new facilities for the local community helping to regenerate one of the East Midland’s most deprived areas.
The New Art Exchange has created a business, social, learning and cultural hub for the local and wider regional community.
Hawkins\Brown has worked directly with the Art Exchange resident artists on the design elements of the building to ensure an ongoing dialogue with the building’s end users.
Adopting a flexible approach to design, we have conceived multi functional spaces and rooms.
The building includes 1,500 square meters of mixed-use art space including gallery, workshop and rehearsal facilities. “
Hawkins\Brown has been at the forefront of British architecture for nineteen years, producing buildings of a consistently high quality for a wide variety of clients. Hawkins\Brown has never limited its architecture to particular markets or scales and has won critical acclaim for its diverse strengths – in particular an innovative approach and a determination to ‘think outside the box’ and deliver best value to the client. Current projects in development include the redevelopment of Park Hill, Sheffield, the UK’s largest listed structure; the Corby Cube, a new hybrid civic and cultural centre for the Midlands former steel town, Corby; and the redevelopment of Parliament Square, London. Hawkins Brown is an 85 staff strong practice. Despite its size the practice continues to embrace small-scale projects, which benefit the arts and community sectors. Completed buildings for the arts include the Henry Moore Foundation, Hertfordshire, 1999; The Dalston Culture House, London, 2005; The Roald Dahl Museum, Buckinghamshire, 2006; and RIBA Award 2008 winning Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire 2008.