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HAT wins planning for £2m arts centre refurb

Emerging practice HAT has won planning permission for a major refurbishment of contemporary arts venue in South London

The £2million project includes both the purchase and redevelopment of the building which has been home to the non-profit arts organisation Gasworks for the past 20 years.

The 2014 shortlisted-Emerging Woman Architect Hana Loftus’ practice’s plans for the scheme will double the building’s current gallery space.

The project also includes artists’ studios, an events space, and improvements to the building’s entrance, making it more appealing to visitors.

Loftus commented: ‘Gasworks is on its way to getting the building it deserves. For the first time, the architecture will respond to the organisation’s world-class contemporary art programmes, reflecting the various activities that take place in this exciting space.’

The Vauxhall Gasworks building was built in the late 1800s. It was converted to artists’ studios in 1994, before which it was used as an industrial space and a christmas tree depot.

HAT Gasworks

Project data

Location 155 Vauxhall Street, London
Type of project arts
Client Triangle Arts Trust
Architect HAT Projects
Structural engineer Momentum
M&E consultant SGA Consulting
Quantity surveyor Willam G Dick Partnership
Funding Arts Council and fundraising from other trusts, foundations and individuals
Gross internal floor area 650m²
Total cost £583,000
Specific environmental targets equivalent of BREEAM Very Good

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