Resort Studios - Creative Hub

Ratliff Landells, Margate, 2015


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A space for co-working, showcasing and networking for artists

Resort Studios is a young arts organisation set up two years ago in Margate. It operates within the Pettmans Depository, a brick warehouse built in 1882. The brief was to incorporate a new Creative Workhub - a space for co-working, showcasing and networking.

At full capacity and with regular requests for studio space, Resort needed to grow. With the client Ratliff Lamdells identified three inaccessible rooms at mezzanine level which could deliver a variety of creative working spaces. The brief was to create access to these spaces, bring them into use and create an additional mezzanine level.

The architects designed a lightweight timber stair which not only navigated multiple structural constraints and delivered access but became a place for conversations, to proudly display work and as a platform for talks and events.

The winged stair is a celebration of movement, a nod to the grand and a playful and joyful tool for cohesion in a multi-disciplined and growing arts space.


  • Begun: Jan 2015
  • Completed: Mar 2015
  • Floor area: 250m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £57,000
  • Funding: Kent County Council, Margate Arts Creativity Heritage, Recreate (Interreg)
  • Tender date: Nov 2014
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • Address: Resort Studios, 50 Athelstan Road, Margate, CT9 2BH, United Kingdom

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