Arts University Bournemouth
Plans submitted for North Light Studios
19 January 2023
We’re delighted to share the news that we’ve submitted plans to replace the existing North Light Studios building at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) with a new 1,800sqm fine arts building. The existing building is approaching the end of its lifespan having been constructed in 2000 using a rapid system build form.
The new North Light Studios will offer a series of studio spaces for fine art alongside workshops for sculpture and traditional printing, split over two stories. Other facilities include flexible open studio space, ancillary offices for staff and toilets.
The project is being run under the Pagabo Professional Services Framework with Faithful+Gould, and forms part of the University’s masterplan. They are committed to carbon neutrality across the campus and this project aims to be net-zero in both embodied and operational energy.
The project has been designed to be delivered as a factory-built modular scheme to both minimise disruption to the live campus and deliver improved quality and possible efficiency savings.
“The design approach has largely been driven by the University’s net zero requirement,” says Ayre Chamberlain Director, Dominic Gaunt. “We have used parametric design to optimise daylighting, heat loss and solar gain. The compact form factor, natural daylighting, passive ventilation, renewable energy, air tightness and insulation are all a consequence of extensive testing and modelling. The building’s structure and materials have been selected on the basis of their low embodied carbon content and the ability to re-use or re-cycle.”