Art House


A challenging project to transform the iconic Grade II Listed Austin House into a high quality teaching and learning space

This two-storey art deco building, with its impressive and distinctive clock tower, was designed and built in 1939 as a car showroom for Lord Austin of Austin Motors. The large open plan spaces of the building lend themselves naturally to art and design based courses, giving students plenty of freedom for creative thought and activity and have created creative, contemporary, flexible spaces for students.

In addition to the protection of ‘Listed’ items, our works included new mechanical and electrical installations, roof works, external pointing, render and the creation of external parking areas and access paths.

Now complete, the Art House is home for Fine Arts and Illustration students. It also builds on the University’s cultural contribution to the City, providing public exhibition space and a centre for children’s creative camps in school holidays.

  • Client:

    University of Worcester

  • Architect:

    GWP Architecture

  • Programme:

    35 weeks