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August 3, 2017

Bath Spa University Expands its Facilities for Art and Design

BATH, ENGLAND—Bath Spa University will repurpose a former Herman Miller furniture factory nearer to Bath’s city center for its Bath School of Art and Design undergraduate and postgraduate programs, James Crawley reports for the Bath Chronicle. The university took control of the site in March 2016 after four years of vacancy. Following the renovation, the building will host most facilities for the Bath School of Art’s art and design program, including studio and exhibition spaces and a rooftop pavilion. The school’s art education program will remain at Bath Spa University’s Sion Hill campus.

Executive dean of the Bath School of Art and Design Anita Taylor said, “The aim for the new building is to design, develop and apply a range of open-access, flexible and multi-functional uses of space and technical resources that will facilitate an excellent learning experience for our students through exceptional and innovative learning facilities, and will establish a creative hub for industry and community through numerous partnership initiatives. At the core of our plans is the development of an industry-facing academic incubator for art and design.”

The building is a Grade II-listed property and was designed in 1976 by architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, who has given his support to Bath Spa University’s renovation plans. A completion date has yet to be determined.

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