• Project Drawing & Innovation Studios
  • Location Poole, Dorset, UK

PT Projects provided the Quantity Surveying and Contract Administration for these unique and prestigious projects.

Project filed in Culture and Heritage, Education
  • Client The Arts University, Bournemouth
  • Architect CRAB Studio, UK
  • Completion September 2021

Commissioned by the Arts University Bournemouth, Drawing Studio is the first purpose-built studio for drawing to be constructed at a British art school during the last 100 years. Its Patron is David Hockney. It is used by every department and is a built statement of the continuing central role of drawing in all the creative arts.

The Innovation Studio was the second project completed by PT Projects with this Client.

The two buildings represent two completely different construction forms and methods.

The Drawing Studio structure, completed December 2015 was constructed off site in a shipyard, cut into segments for transportation and reconstructed on site. The precast plaster internal lining was formed using the shipyards computer drawings and dimensions.

The Innovation Studio, completed September 2021 is a more simple, conventional structure being a steel frame with Sto render external facade and plasterboard internal lining. The complexities of the project were with the confined site against adjoining buildings together with site levels; the ground floor level sitting some 2m below the level of the adjacent main road.


  • Winner - The Drawing Studio RIBA National Award 2016
  • Winner - The Drawing Studio RIBA South West Award 2016
  • Winner - The Drawing Studio RA Top Maverick Building Award 2016
  • Higher Education, shortlisted Architects Journal Awards 2022
  • South West Regional Finalist Civic Trust Awards 2023

Our view

A good example of how an exciting new building can be delivered by the use of unconventional building techniques

Colin Hayward FRICS, Hon FRIBA
Colin Hayward FRICS, Hon FRIBA

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