Schools and Community
The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth
In 2009 Martin with other co-designers won a invited competition to design a new extension and refurbish a local theatre, cinema and arts centre in Cockermouth. Martin became project manager/ lead consultant for a technically difficult project working with the clients steering group, acoustician's, specialist theatre consultants, structural and mechanical engineers. Martin managed the feasiblity , planning(with a specialist consultant) and public consultation process. The scheme involved the expansion of the centre (an ex Victorian school) to form new access, egress and cafe/bar and meeting rooms. The team decided to use very contemporary materials to balance architecturally the new and old separating between the two with a glazed shaft. This lead to a robust dialogue locally and with the help of a planning specialist a successful planning appeal in 2013. Martin is grateful to have worked with such a talented set of co-designers and team members. The scheme below is the original planning application.