The Point Refurbishment

Groundworks Architects, Doncaster, 1999


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The new-build extension to the rear 

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  • The new-build extension to the rear    
  • The converted early Victorian houses at the front    
  • The glazed atrium link between the Victorian house and extension    
  • The internal walkway connecting the glazed extension to the main building    
  • The link between the old and the new    
  • The atrium opens on to a small courtyard    
  • Spaces in the old portion retain the domestic scale of the original houses    
  • View from the rear extension looking through to the atrium    
  • The performance space on the top floor of the new building    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Long section    

A refurbished end terrace of a Grade II listed row, extended to include gallery space, cafe and bookshop

A glass bridge leads to the studio on the upper level of the extension, while stairs lead down to the floor of the atrium and the café below the studio.

The rear portion houses a double-height gallery space and a crèche past the bookshop. The atrium with an internal low-E coating is fitted with automated blinds and opening windows. The extension is a plain brick-faced outbuilding, with a pitched roof.

The café ceiling; concrete cast in metal plates, is only 3mm thick and is left exposed to gain maximum height for café users while still insulating noise from the studio.

Heating is by two domestic-type condensing boilers, one for the old building and one for the new. All services are monitored and controlled by a computer in the main office.


  • Completed: 1999
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £843,399
  • Funding: Arts Lottery, European Regional Development Fund
  • Address: Darts, 16 South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR, United Kingdom

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