The central atrium space within the Grove Building forms a focal point for the creative courses using the building. Windows of workspaces off the atrium create visual connections to the activities taking place within the building. Wall panels are used to make the space a canvas on which to display students work.
The Grove incorporates a range of specialist spaces, which required careful acoustic consideration such as sound proofed radio studio; recording studio and tv facility. We worked closely with the consultant team to develop a design proposal which would meet these high quality requirements.
One key element of the brief for the Grove was for it to have a clear identity on the campus as the facility for creative courses, with spaces that supported the students freedom of expression. Opportunities were maximised during the design process to exhibit the activities taking place within the building. At ground floor level the large workshop overlooks a primary route through the site. Within the main body of the building, corridors double as exhibition spaces. In more generous locations seating has been provided to facilitate informal meetings.