Riba Award for Bath Spa University's Bath School of Art and Design

Taunton Fabrications apprentices

Image used with permission. © Willmott Dixon

Bath Spa University's Bath Schools of Art and Design, situated on their Locksbrook Campus, has recently won the RIBA South West Award 2021 and RIBA National Award 2021.

The state-of-the-art learning environment for the Bath Spa University's art and design students, creating a people-focused space that brings together different disciplines, staff, students and the public. The building was formerly known as the Action Factory, and was used by Herman Miller as their furniture factory. It was originally designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1976.

Taunton Fabrications were delighted to have completed the architectural metalwork package for this project, which included the manufacturing and installation of a large number of striking powder coated internal escape stairs with stainless steel handrail. The open-plan design of the studios, technical workshops and social areas called for a generous staircases - which had a raw finish with a wax finish - with a series of glass, stainless steel and powder coated balustrade installed to complement the open plan nature of this state-of-the-art campus.