Creative Exchange, St Neots

5th Studio, St Neots, 2009


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Creative Exchange, corner view 

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  • Creative Exchange, corner view    
  • Creative Exchange, exterior    
  • Creative Exchange, polycarbonate skin on south facade    
  • Creative Exchange, interior    
  • Creative Exchange, west facade    
  • Creative Exchange, interior    
  • Creative Exchange, interior view to Priory Park    
  • Creative Exchange, interior view to Priory Park    
  • Creative Exchange, exterior    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
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Shared workspaces for West Cambridgeshire's emerging creative workers

The four-storey Creative Exchange is adjacent to Longsands College, which specialises in technology, media and the arts. The Exchange serves up to 20 fledgling firms working in these areas, with the opportunity for exchange of ideas with college students, as well as with each other.

The pillars of the reinforced concrete armature avoid the corners, allowing glass to determine the primary envelope. Exterior larch boarding will weather to a light grey, and the rooms’ interiors are varnished plywood.

Entry is from the east and the public rooms oriented north, to the park. The south facade above the first floor is blind, to prevent overlooking the neighbours’ gardens; the Exchange has its own roof garden.


  • Begun: Oct 2008
  • Completed: Sep 2009
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £1.4M
  • Tender date: Jul 2007
  • Procurement: JCT 98 Intermediate Contract. Single-stage tender with negotiations
  • CO2 Emissions: 16kg/m2/year
  • Address: Creative Exchange, Longsands Campus, Longsands Road, St Neots, PE19 1TE, United Kingdom

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