Hanro Group - Cooper's Studio
In discussion with English Heritage and Newcastle City Council, The Hanro Group and AA Projects developed a brief for restoration and conversion of this Grade II listed building for flexible commercial floor space to give it a long-term future.
This was to retain and restore key features, produce an attractive building environment to flexibly meet the needs of business, to reflect the building’s history and character whilst dramatically improving natural light levels and views from the building.
Substantial elements of the original plan have been retained, including the central light well and ramps. Original features from the horse repository such as ramps, horse tethering rings, first floor ladies’ gallery and second floor cycle test route have been preserved to maintain the character of the building.
The building is one of twenty exemplar case studies in English Heritage’s Constructive Conservation in Practice publication. In this they state "…a bold scheme that acknowledged the building’s most historically significant features and protected the site's archaeology. Technical problems - such as how to provide natural light in former stabling areas - have been solved and the additions are innovative, while respecting the heritage values of the building.”