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University of Westminster
Completion 2007
Size 1,300 m2

P3 is a 1,300m² multi-media arts environment designed to showcase exhibition and performance. Developed from a vast, former 1960s concrete testing facility for the University of Westminster’s School of Engineering, the structure’s dramatic and impressive scale provided Sheppard Robson with a plethora of creative redevelopment possibilities

Design:

Sheppard Robson worked closely with the University to develop this concept for a ‘creative space’. Central to the proposal was the idea of minimum intervention, even to the extent of leaving old posters on the walls, thereby providing a raw and malleable project space. The layout enables artists and researchers across creative disciplines, particularly those   developing large-scale installations and prototyping, to take full advantage of the extensive, accessible area. In such an open and inspiring interior space, boundaries can be broken-down and new ways of working forged. Experiences gained in running P3 over the initial three year stage will help shape a proposal for future expansion.

 

Innovation:

 

A space dedicated to innovation, experimentation and learning, P3 has been conceived as a laboratory and meeting place for practitioners, industry and academia, aimed at both specialist and public enthusiasm for the cultural, commercial and creative industries. ‘One of the capital’s hidden and most exciting new spaces’ – The Guardian.