Architect to build £5.7 million creative arts building in Norfolk
BDP has recently been granted planning consent for a creative arts building at City College Norwich in Norfolk. The building will be situated at the southern end of the college’s main Ipswich Road campus, on the site of the former West Lodge accommodation block.
The building will feature three floors dedicated to different areas of the creative, performing and digital arts. The ground floor will comprise performing arts rehearsal spaces, while the first floor will be home to digital arts training, including musical rehearsal and recording studios, interactive media spaces and media editing suites. The top floor will hold teaching rooms for traditional art and design, fashion and textiles.
As well as providing a vibrant space to stimulate students’ creativity, the new building has also been designed to emit low levels of carbon.
The designs meet Breeam Excellent standard, and green features include natural and mechanical ventilation systems, ground source heating, brown water recycling and solar panels.
The college will retain its 250-seat theatre in the adjacent Norfolk Building for public performances of music, dance, acting and musical theatre.
The new facility will be open to the local community, who will be able to enjoy a public exhibition space on the ground floor with shows of students’ work.
One third of the £5.7 million state-of-the-art building’s cost has been met by the Skills Funding Agency. Work has started on site and is set to finish in September 2013. It will be the first new building on the Ipswich Road campus since the Norfolk Building was opened in 1998.