Ocean Studios

Ocean Studios involved the refurbishment of this Grade I* listed building ‘Factory Cooperage’ into a contemporary space including art gallery, art studios and workshops. The client, a community company, attained grant funding for the scheme in addition to private funds. The design, procurement and delivery in the setting of the historic Royal William Yard had many challenges: location, logistics, high heritage status, tight budget and an absolute programme completion date.

Converting this Grade I listed building into contemporary art space proved exciting but challenging in terms of location, logistics and status. The client, their advisors (Ward William Associates) and architects (Gillespie Yunnie Architect) procured the scheme through construction management with a keen focus on the scheme’s development, costing, market testing and heritage requirements.