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Bridge Point 

 

Location: Rye 

Status: Planning  

Architect: RX Architects 

The site lies on the Riverfront in Rye, East Sussex within an area that has been predominantly industrialised over the last 100 years. Before this, the site was a mud flat around the base of the cliff of Rye, historically known as a boat making area, with Rye itself being one of the Cinque Ports.

 

This ambitious scheme involves the conversion of a large warehouse building into a multi-purpose arts centre. The new arts centre, referred to as Bridge Point Studios will contain purpose-built artists studios and workshops, including 3 live-work apartments for an artist in residence scheme. The design also includes an art library, gallery spaces, office and retail space along with a multi-functional 250 seat performance space.

The design emphasises retaining the industrial feel of the existing warehouses by exposing concrete frames and brickwork, whilst adding new glazed additional along with a bronze folded sculptural roof form to the main section.

The site also includes designs for a new riverfront restaurant over two floors with views across the river. A new deck and public walkway access will be created which will create a pedestrian link from Rye to the site. The intention is to create an open public park with large amounts of green space, seating areas and an outdoor amphitheatre.

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