Shortlisted for the 2013 RICS North East Awards
This 1903 Grade II listed Presbyterian Church Hall in Gateshead has been converted into 13 Artist and Creative Studios.
As the outside of the church remained largely unchanged, the challenge for Kiosk was to provide flexible workspaces for artists and creative businesses whilst respecting the features and configuration of the historic building. The creation of independent studio pods within the main hall allows for the original space to be experienced and for the existing ceiling to be left intact. Communal facilities include a kitchen and dining room, accessible toilets and a meeting room.
New slimline double glazing, internal wall and ceiling lining have been applied to improve the energy performance of the building. 70sqm of Photovoltaic panels on the roof contribute to the long-term economic viability and environmental sustainability of the proposal and generate approximately 9KW of electricity.
The studios are managed by Mushroom Works CIC. www.brightonroadstudios.com