Work on £ 6.5m arts cen­tre com­pleted

Yorkshire Post - Business - - COMMERCIAL PROPERTY -

A NEW £ 6.5m arts cen­tre has been com­pleted, pro­vid­ing new fa­cil­i­ties to per­form­ing and vis­ual arts stu­dents.

De­signed by Bow­man Ri­ley Ar­chi­tects, which has of­fices in Leeds and Skip­ton, the Sir Michael Wilkins Arts Cen­tre at Out­wood Grange Academy in Wake­field fea­tures per­for­mance space, art stu­dios, gal­leries and mu­sic record­ing stu­dios.

Out­wood Grange Academy is one of the largest sec­ondary schools in Eng­land and in re­cent years has un­der­taken ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment work to ac­com­mo­date its bur­geon­ing pupil pop­u­la­tion.

Bow­man Ri­ley has worked with Out­wood Grange Academy for over six years pro­vid­ing con­sul­tancy ser­vices to mas­ter­plan the cam­pus, sur­vey the es­tate, un­der­take ac­cess au­dits and up- grade ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties. This is the se­cond ma­jor pro­ject for the ar­chi­tects, who de­signed the £ 2.6m new multi- pur­pose sports cen­tre and flex­i­ble per­for­mance space in 2011.

Lau­rence Teeney, di­rec­tor at Bow­man Ri­ley Ar­chi­tects, said: “Ev­ery­one was on board to cre­ate a build­ing that meets the needs of the teach­ing staff and stu­dents to­day and in the fu­ture.”

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