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FCBS in for MUMA on Bath Centre for Arts project

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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has won the latest contest to design the new £10.75 million Centre for the Arts at the University of Bath

A previous RIBA-backed competition for the inter-disciplinary arts complex on the university’s Claverton Down campus was won by MUMA in late 2007.

By the summer of 2009 the practice had taken its proposals up to Stage D. However the University began a new search for a design team early last year (2011).

More than 70 firms entered this second contest, run through the OJEU procurement process, with a shortlist of six invited to tender for the ‘very flexible multi-functional building’ in November.

The new centre will be used mainly by the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), replacing the existing Arts Barn building replaced and ‘substantially’ extending the Alison and Peter Smithson-designed Arts Lecture Theatre.

The building will house a gallery, dance and performance studios, visual arts studios and music practice rooms as well as a suite of spaces for the University’s Executive MBA programme.

Jo Wright from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said: ‘We are delighted to be working at the University of Bath again; as teachers and alumni we welcome the challenge of designing facilities for such an exciting range of uses and of bringing new life to the Arts Theatre.’

A planning application for the scheme will be submitted in summer 2012 and construction work is expected to start in spring 2013.

The building is set to open in autumn 2014.


Postscript: MUMA statement

MUMA’s appointment was up to RIBA Stage D which was approved in 2009, at which stage the project stopped and the client considered a revised business plan and a revised brief.

In 2010, we were asked by the University whether we wished to develop a project to an amended brief.  We declined the invitation.

We did not submit an Expression of Interest in response to the 2011 OJEU notice.

We very much enjoyed working with the ICIA and admire the innovative work they produce. We wish the ICIA the very best with their project.

FCBS' proposed Centre for the Arts at the University of Bath

FCBS’ proposed Centre for the Arts at the University of Bath


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