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Posted 26.04.16

The Red House shortlisted for international architectural award

The Red House, Plymouth School of Creative Arts

The Red House, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and home to Plymouth School of Creative Arts, has been shortlisted as one of the six finalists for the prestigious international Architects’ Journal AJ100 Building of the Year award.

Known as the authoritative study of the business of architecture, the AJ100 has ranked The Red House alongside buildings such as Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno, and the offices of the President of Argentina.

"In a climate of decreasing investment into the arts, these clients have managed to completely turn around this trend."  —  Andy Theobald

Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth School of Creative Arts have also been shortlisted for the AJ100 Client of the Year award, nominated by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios who’re in the running for an AJ100 Employer of the Year award.

These new announcements are the latest in a recent bout of nominations, following The Red House’s shortlisting for a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) South West regional award as well as two further shortlistings for the 2016 Michelmores Property Awards, in their Building of the Year and Project of the Year with a Value Over £7million categories - demonstrating the national and international attention being generated by Plymouth’s landmark building.

Agile, open-plan studio spaces in The Red House

Plymouth School of Creative Arts was founded by Plymouth College of Art in 2013 as a radical new kind of mainstream city centre 3–16 all-through Free School that, together with the college, is establishing a progressive continuum of creative learning and practice from age three to masters level study and beyond.

At the formal opening of The Red House Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, hailed the school and creative continuum project as "an event in the history of education in this country."

The Red House acts as a site for pedagogical innovation in creative learning and as a catalyst for community regeneration in Plymouth's Millbay docklands, an area which includes amongst the 10% most deprived neighbourhoods in the country.

The building offers agile, open-plan studio spaces rather than traditional classrooms, mirroring the radical pedagogic structure of teaching within the school. These transparent areas are designed to both inspire students and provoke staff to work in new ways.

"With this landmark building we're raising aspirations and providing inspirational spaces for our students."  —  Dave Strudwick

Andy Theobald, Studio Leader at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said:

"We are delighted that Plymouth School of Creative Arts and Plymouth College of Art are shortlisted for the AJ100 Awards."

"The impact of the school on the local and wider arts community, the fact that the school is visible from Plymouth Sound as the beacon of regeneration in Millbay, combined with the hugely positive impact it has had on the learning progression of the pupils, are the reasons why we've jointly nominated Andrew Brewerton and Dave Strudwick as best clients of the year."

Dave Strudwick, Headmaster at Plymouth School of Creative Arts, said:

"I couldn't be happier with the attention that The Red House is generating nationally and am thrilled that Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have jointly nominated us for a Client of the Year award."

"Given the tight timescales and limited budgets for the project, the stunning learning space that our students now inhabit is a reflection of the skills and expertise of all involved. With this landmark building we're raising aspirations and providing inspirational spaces for our students, none of which would have been possible without the support of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios."

From left to right: Dave Strudwick, Sir Nicholas Serota and Professor Andrew Brewerton at the opening of The Red House

Professor Andrew Brewerton, Principal of Plymouth College of Art and Chair of Governors at Plymouth School of Creative Arts, said:

"We had originally envisioned creating the school in Derrys, a disused department store in Plymouth’s historic city precinct. We wanted big, open floor plates, and the school had to be accessible to its community, a walk-in off the high street."

"For various reasons this didn’t happen so we said if we can’t have Derry’s, then build us a department store that we can occupy as a school."

"Working with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has been a privilege. You rarely find such partnership in a building project, and future generations will use and enjoy the benefit of their sheer intelligence in space planning and fitness for our very distinctive purpose at The Red House."