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Ryder completes £6.7m Grimsby Arts School

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Ryder has completed a new £6.7 million arts school building in Grimsby

The 1,300m2 scheme will enable performing arts and music to be taught in the same space and includes a 200-seat theatre and dance studio.

The building, which is part new-build and part refurbishment, features a four-storey extension connected to the existing building.

Its cladding features art work by April Virgoe – a teacher at the school.

Virgoe said: ‘What I wanted to do was convey something of the nature of the work that was going to take place in the building.  The design is constructed from modular units that can be seen as architectural, but which also suggest simple paper forms like origami.  On the longest section these tumble across the surface like the movement of a dancer across a stage.’

The practice has already completed two other projects in the Yorkshire town including a university centre and a sports centre for Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education.


Project data

Location Grimsby
Type of project higher education
Architect Ryder
Client Grimsby Institute Group
Landscape architect One Associates and Planning Consultants
Structural engineer Shed
M&E consultant Kyoob
Acoustic consultant Apex Acoustics
Quantity surveyor RLB
Planning supervisor Mouchel
Lighting consultant Gtec
Main contractor Houlton
Contract Design and Build
Start on site date 2013
Completion date 2015
Gross internal floor area 1,300m2
Predicted air tightness levels 8m3/h.m2
Cost £6.7 million

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  • A truly great piece of architecture that really adds kudos to the history of the Grimsby School of Art and Grimsby Institute. The sight of the lit elevation at night is really something to be seen!

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