Client: Full of Noises (FON)
PIEL VIEW HOUSE
The project is to create a new working base for sound art and new music organisation Full of Noises (FON). LEDA have developed the design, which has been granted planning permission, and a funding application has been submitted to the Arts Council of England. The proposed design re-orders the building to provide full accessible accommodation on both existing floors and a new integrated extension in the former rear courtyard houses a new workshop and performance space. Two en-suite rooms enable resident artist programmes to be run effectively and economically. The unique setting next to a walled garden in Barrow Park provides great opportunities to engage with the public, whilst the immediate surrounding tree cover and mature gardens create a private space within the main park setting.
The existing building is difficult to use in the winter due to being difficult to heat and draughty. It will be transformed into a year-round usable space, with airtight and breathable internal insulation and replacement triple glazed windows. Though the existing building is not listed it has many decorative features typical of its 19th century gothic revival design, and Barrow Park itself is a grade 2 listed monument, so the design requires sensitive treatment. The emphasis has been on upgrading the fabric to create energy efficiency and comfort. Low carbon features include an air source heat pump.