Arthouse/Nomad - The Future of Riverside Studios

MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2) and MA Urban Design Live Project

In cooperation with:
Riverside Studios, Richard Bernas, Peter Gill, Barrie Stead and Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Master of Architecture and MA Urban Design students from the University for the Creative Arts have been working with Riverside Studios in Hammersmith on its planned redevelopment, due to open in autumn 2017. Riverside Studios received council funding in 1975 to become a community arts centre and has evolved and grown since with its own theatre, cinema and television production programme. With its vision to become a national arts and media organisation, the redevelopment proposal includes demolishing its current building and that of the neighbouring Queen’s Wharf and creating a mixed-use building across both sites, that will also accommodate 160 residential units.

Students used the existing redevelopment plans for Riverside Studios as a case study to investigate the roles of the arts and culture within urban transformation processes along two parallel thematic strands.

ARTHOUSE - Looking into the programmatic and architectural potentials of the new Riverside Studios, one group of students developed concepts for a mixed-use building and explored possible synergies between the cultural and public activities, the proposed residential uses and the local community in Hammersmith.

NOMAD - Focusing on the time between the closure of the old building and the reopening of the new Riverside Studios, the second group of students explored how temporary and mobile spatial practices could be deployed in order to keep the artistic legacy, spirit and mission of Riverside Studios alive throughout the redevelopment process.

Students presented their proposals in Hammersmith to the Riverside Studios team, representatives of the council, the composer and conductor Richard Bernas and the playwright Peter Gill, the first artistic director of the Riverside Studios. The various stakeholders are now planning to realise the project by MArch students Aaron Bright and Emilio Koutsoftides, who also set up a Riverside Memories twitter page to continue to engage the public whilst the Studios are closed. UCA/CSA and Riverside Studios are in discussions about further projects, such as a publication and a website to communicate the redevelopment process and the students’ ideas.

For more information about the history and the redevelopment of Riverside Studios, please visit: