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Persistence pays offf or Feilden Clegg

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Feilden Clegg has won a tough competitive interview to design 60 art studios and exhibition space.

Silversmiths, casters and forgers will be based in Persistence Works, described by the client, Yorkshire Artspace Society, as the uk's first purpose-built studio complex for artists and craftspeople.

The Sheffield building will cost £3.5 million and stand opposite Nigel Coates' Pop Museum, said designer Julia Kashdan-Brown. She said a prominent building was needed because it was about how artists launched themselves on their careers. It was too early for firm design ideas, but the 3000m2 scheme might include lots of glass to highlight artists' work and make it integral to the design. 'Part of our ethos is to encourage debate on what a building is before we start designing and we are talking to the artists,' she said.

Feilden Clegg beat Penoyre & Prasad, Stanton Williams, John McAslan & Partners and Ahrends Burton & Koralek to win the project. Building work on the urban site is due to start next October for a 2001 finish. Lottery funding is coming from the Arts Council.

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