PRP Surrey studio refurbishment

By Michael Sandford​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ – 19 November 2014

PRP has recently refurbished its Surrey studio to provide a more spacious, light and creative studio.

The design concept apart from housing 65 architects, designers and administration staff was to strip back the unnecessary and celebrate its industrial character. Ferry Works was formerly used as a factory building AC Cars, a munitions factory during the war and reputably the first factory in the entire world to be lit entirely by electric light.

The suspended metal ceiling and plasterboard column casings were removed exposing the original iron structure and revealing the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the River Thames. A simple palette of materials and colours were chosen to reflect this industrial past and echo its river side location. Simple trestle tables were specified and manufactured by British suppliers. These simple units give maximum flexibly and create a modern studio space. Wall to wall storage units were installed on all perimeter walls, again helping to maximise the available room. Kitchen and meeting spaces are located deep in the foot print of the building, allowing more staff to be adjacent to natural light and to enjoy the river views.

We are very proud of our new space and can’t wait to share it with as many visitors as possible. A new chapter at Ferry Works begins.