Plans to replace our original building with a new arts centre were first proposed in the 1980s. By the early-2010s, with the fabric of the studios crumbling, redevelopment became imperative.
The original Riverside Studios closed for redevelopment in September 2014. Our three studios and cinema were to be replaced by a new building encompassing 165 residential apartments and our new studio facilities. Assael Architecture were designers of the external layout of the building and the residential apartments on behalf of developer Mount Anvil, working in conjunction with their partners A2 Dominion.
The internal layout of Riverside Studios was designed by architects Flanagan Lawrence and the 5-year project was project managed by consultants Gardiner & Theobald. The Riverside Trust Board of Directors oversaw funding and construction asking Executive Director Guy Hornsby to take charge of the redevelopment. Riverside would like to thank all those involved in this massive project, which also included acousticians Sandy Brown, structural and M&E engineers WSP and catering consultants Keith Winton Design.
Our venue now boasts state-of-the-art studio facilities for theatre and television consisting of three studios, two cinemas, a riverside bar and kitchen and a bakery as well as numerous flexible event and rehearsal spaces plus some tenant office accommodation.
We are proud to have resumed our place in the heart of our community, offering entertainment, inspiration, a meeting place and a vast range of possibilities.