North Light Studios
Plans approved for fine art building at AUB
15 May 2023
We’re pleased to report that our plans for the new Arts University Bournemouth, North Light Studios have been granted planning approval. The new 1,800sqm facility has been designed to replace the existing building, which was constructed in 2000 using a rapid system build form and is nearing the end of its lifespan.
The North Light Studios building will provide students with state-of-the-art studio spaces for fine art, workshops for sculpture and traditional printing, flexible open studio space, ancillary offices for staff, and toilets. The project has been designed to be delivered as a factory-built modular scheme to ensure minimal disruption to the live campus and deliver improved quality and efficiency savings. The project forms part of the University’s master plan. AUB is committed to achieving carbon neutrality across the campus, and the North Light Studios building aims to be net-zero in both embodied and operational energy.
The approval of planning for the North Light Studios building marks a significant milestone for Arts University Bournemouth. With the green light given, the University can now move forward with confidence and begin construction soon, with an expected completion date in the near future.
“We appointed Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt to design two net zero carbon buildings as part of the university’s plan for growth and improved facilities. The 8,000 sqm ‘Plot Q’ building aims to provide a mix of art and design studios alongside collaboration and support spaces plus a new gallery for the university. The new 1,800 sqm North Light Studios building aims to offer a series of fine art studio spaces and practical workshops for sculpture and traditional printing techniques. Arts University Bournemouth are committed to achieving carbon neutrality across the campus.
Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt’s approach to sustainability has been at the forefront of design process for these two buildings. There were innovative and bespoke solutions developed in an aim to meet the university’s needs.” – Marie Frederick – Head of Estates Capital Projects