Rural makeover for Wysing Arts

Wysing Arts, a centre in Cambridgeshire that provides work space and accommodation for artists, is to embark on a two-stage development programme, with interior and structural designs by Hawkins Brown.

The architect and interiors group has unveiled detailed plans of the initial £1.3m phase, which will overhaul the open access studios and administration areas. The work includes the creation of a new entrance and a series of dedicated artists’ studios.

In order to remain in harmony with the rural character of the site, the consultancy has selected natural materials for the interiors, including solid timber flooring, according to Hawkins Brown director Roger Hawkins.

Wysing Arts is located on the 11.5ha site of a former 17th Century farm in the Cambridgeshire countryside. The redevelopment project is funded by a consortium of public and private funds, with contributions from Arts Council East and South Cambridgeshire Council.

The second phase of the project is the construction of artists’ accommodation. ‘Previously, the artists have stayed around the farm buildings,’ says Hawkins.

The consultancy was appointed in January this year. Principal associate on the project is Jason Martin and Morag Morrison is heading up the interiors work. Phase one is due for completion in September 2006.

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