Designed to accommodate the launch of a new Masters of Fine Art Programme and to give a more public face to the school, the new building delivers facilities worthy of The Ruskin School of Art’s reputation as one of the leading art schools in the UK.

The Ruskin School of Art is divided between two sites, approximately 1 mile apart: a listed building on the High Street and a light-industrial building at Bullingdon Road, which houses the workshops and the main sculpture, printmaking and digital multimedia facilities.

Clever use of a difficult site has enabled the school to double in size to 1,600m², allowing them to accommodate more students whilst also providing them with the facilities to actively host their own public exhibitions and performances. The building includes offices, exhibition space, multimedia studios, metal and wood workshops, print and casting rooms and a seminar room.

CBG provided the energy and environmental building services strategy for the new building. This consisted of highly sustainable M&E services design for achieving BREEAM Very Good, as well as Oxford University stringent environmental targets.

High levels of insulation, low air tightness, efficient and controllable lighting, heat recovery ventilation and renewable technology have been used in this facility, designed to be extremely flexible and adaptable to suit ever changing student needs.

BREEAM Very Good
Winner RIBA South Awards 2016
Shortlisted in the RICS 2016 Awards ‘Design Through Innovation’ category

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  • Architect

    Spratley Studios

  • Value of Project

    £6

  • Client

    Oxford University

  • Completion

    2015

  • Engineers

    Chris Dicks

    Associate Director

    Chris Swinburn

    Principal Building Physics & Technology Engineer

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