BRIDGE POINT STUDIOS
The site lies on the Riverfront in Rye, East Sussex within an area which has been predominantly industrialised over the last 100 years. Before this the site was a mud flat around the base of the cliff of Rye, historically know as a boat making area, with Rye itself being one of the Cinque Ports. This ambitious scheme involves the conversion of a large warehouse building into a multi-purpose arts centre. The new arts centre, referred to as Bridge Point Studios will contain purpose built artists studios and workshops, including 3 live work apartments for an artist in residence scheme. The design also includes an arts library, gallery spaces, office and retail space along with a multi- functional 250 seat performance space. The design emphasises on retaining the industrial feel of the existing warehouses by exposing concrete frames and brickwork, whilst adding new glazed additional along with a bronze folded sculptural roof form to the main section. The site also includes designs for a new riverfront restaurant over two floors with views across the river. A new deck and public walkway access will be created which will create a pedestrian link from Rye to the site. The intention is to create a open public park with large amounts of green space, seating areas and an outdoor amphitheatre. Mixed within the scheme are small pockets of housing, which includes a small selection of high end semi-detached and detached riverfront houses along with a small terrace of 3 mews type properties all with river views.