Arts and Culture
Whilst many building types make significant contributions to the structure and hierarchy of our towns and cities, or create a unique sense of place, buildings for the arts and culture often contribute some of the most memorable and enjoyable architectural experiences for the visitor.
Their purpose generates a high level of public involvement and the potential for safe, accessible spaces for social interaction, learning and entertainment. They provide opportunities to experience and engage with the wide cross section of activities that make up contemporary culture, whether through sport, entertainment or the arts; and they play a huge role in defining the social fabric of a nation both in physical building terms and in nurturing a rich and diverse life for our communities.
They provide spaces for the sharing of experience on a personal, family and communal scale and because of this symbolic role they are one of the few contemporary building forms where the meaningful exploitation and enjoyment of shared public space is widely celebrated. This allows the potential to use one of our most important design skills: the manipulation of space to create truly memorable and inspirational experiences.
We have developed considerable skill and experience in a wide variety of projects that embrace theatres, galleries, cinemas, museums, libraries and sports venues. We know that their complexity demands an understanding of organisational and technical issues and that these must be addressed with an appropriate sensitivity to social, psychological and aesthetic needs.
Finally, cultural and leisure projects are usually hugely aspirational: funders, institutions and their staff, users and consultees all have a passion for the successful outcome of their project. We share this passion and our application and enthusiasm has significantly contributed to our understanding, engagement and delivery of a significant number of successful projects.