Key facts

Client: Dovecot Properties Ltd.
Project Value: £7.3m
Dates: October 2006 - March 2009

Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Principal Designer

The Dovecot Tapestry Centre comprises studio accommodation for Dovecot Tapestries, Art exhibition space, retail and office space and five flats. The complex involved the conversion of the former Infirmary Street Baths, which had been derelict since the mid-1970s, and has sympathetically retained the essential character of this iconic building.

The main swimming pool space houses the tapestry workshop and the public viewing gallery has been converted to display the studio’s work. Dovecot’s design rooms, offices and other accommodation are located under the gallery. The entrance foyer, which used to be subdivided (separate men’s and women’s entrances) has been made into welcoming space and provides access to the Art gallery and exhibition areas. New offices have been created within and above the former ladies’ pool.

The former laundry and boiler-house have been converted to residential apartments accessed independently from the rest of the building.

An interesting feature is the use of Ground Source Heat Pump technology to provide a source of renewable energy.

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