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Belsize Studio Fine Arts College

Re-imagining of a historic building into a creative hub for arts and education. A comprehensive renovation and redesign of a derelict 1930s Gym building into a new home for Hampstead Fine Arts College.

“The proposed alterations to the front and side elevations and roof would significantly improve the appearance of the host property and would preserve and enhance the conservation area.”

Planning Officer
The building has historically been a gym and social club. First built in the 1930s, the original building consisted of two squash courts and associated social facilities. The building was subsequently added to and modified, with significant alterations made in the 1960s when the building housed the Abraxas Club.

The existing building has been reshaped and upgraded to create a welcoming, vibrant and enjoyable space to learn and teach. The layout has been designed to provide a coherent and legible flow throughout the building, creating a sense of arrival and comfort.

Design strategy diagram showing vertical circulation.

The architectural design focuses upon promoting user wellbeing through the crafting of beautiful spaces and thoughtful internal environments. A sensitive palate of materials is used to revitalise the existing fabric, whilst maintaining its defining character and respecting its history.

  • Client

    Dukes Education + Hampstead Fine Arts College
  • Location

  • Budget

  • Design Team

    MHA Structural Design
    Max Fordham
    Eight Versa
    MKA Ecology
    Osborn Associates
    DWD Planning Associates
    Robert West
  • Team

    Robin Dryer, Shane Collins, David Masters, Elliot Shaw, Ciara Fitzpatrick, Andrew Kelso, Molly Blackwell, Joseph Smith
  • Images

    CDC Studio