New £4m arts hub unveiled for Plymouth city centre
A STRIKING new art college building is to go up at Drake Circus over the next year.
Plymouth College of Art has revealed this impression of its new £4million workshops.
A turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of work took place on Monday, as reported in the Herald earlier this week.
The building is the first phase in the college's masterplan, and will open for students next September.
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The workshops will give students access to the latest technologies in glass, ceramics and metals. These range from furnaces, kilns and cold-processing to digital tools and high-tech machining processes.
The building will provide an additional 2,034 square metres of specialist workshop space.
There will be a new design workshop with a range of computer-aided digital design facilities for rapid prototyping, including 3D scanning and printing, milling and laser cutting. The workshop will also accommodate workstations, social learning hubs and display areas.
Professor Andrew Brewerton, the principal, said: "Plymouth College of Art is working purposefully against the grain of decline and closure in this critical area of art and design education, with a capital innovation that will shape the professional practice and career horizons of the next generation of talented designers and makers."
A college spokesperson added: "We are attracting increasing recognition for innovation in arts education, and as a national and international centre for the contemporary crafts.
"The biennial symposium Making Futures, convening its third edition in September 2013, is by now an eagerly anticipated event in the international contemporary crafts calendar.
"From this year the college will also curate the international glass pavilion at Art Shanghai on an annual basis."