City and Guilds of London Art School
City and Guilds of London Art School was established in 1879. Today it is a leading small, independent, degree-validated provider of courses in painting, sculpture, conservation and historic carving.
In 2007 we assisted the school with an appraisal of options for their future accommodation needs. This lead to our producing a master plan and the start of a fundraising campaign. The overarching objective is to improve the school’s facilities whilst preserving its special spirit and sense of place, and respecting its setting of Cleaver Square. Over the last several summers we have completed phase 1 – the refurbishing of six listed Georgian townhouses. Significant new studio space has been created, the library expanded and office areas moved from the 19th to the 21st century. Circulation is no longer tortuous and environmental conditions are much enhanced.
Phase 2 is the creation of a new entrance and covered street at the centre of the site. Phase 3 will provide a new floor of north-lit open-plan studios at the rear of the site, building on the walls of the Victorian studio buildings.