Alsop Architects is to open an 'urban studio' in Barnsley. The practice is currently selecting a site for a new-build project to house a design centre, showcase space for regeneration agency Yorkshire Forward and the practice's own offices. The £1.2 million, 560m 2building will start on site this year and open in 2004.
Alsop plans to use the studio as a centre for architectural lectures and debates. The office will handle the practice's portfolio of projects in the North, including proposals for the refurbishment of Wakefield Art Gallery and the development of Halifax Piece Hall, Liverpool's Fourth Grace, and Alsop's 'vision for Barnsley' (AJ 18.4.02).