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NE40 Studios, Ryton, United Kingdom 
Wednesday 20 Oct 2010
 
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26/10/10 Richard, Johannesburg
The economics of modern development seem to achieve best results using a bulldozer. In cities such as Johannesburg our history is flattened at an alarming rate. Any effort to re-utilize any building, no matter how ambitious or humble, should be applauded.

As architects we can use our art to trace the path of human development through our built environment. The more of our built history that we demolish, the less we seem to understand our history and our accomplishments of the past. We lose our gauge of excellence.
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Editorial

200 year old church saved from demolition & transformed into artistic community space 

A listed church in Ryton, Gateshead, is to be given a new lease of life courtesy of GradonArchitecture. Plans to adapt the religious structure into a creative open plan workspace for local community groups and creative businesses have been approved and the transformation is due for completion at the end of this year.

Under the name NE40 Studios, the new facility should create up to 20 jobs and GradonArchitecture and Gateshead Council's Economic Development Service are looking for artisans and creative individuals to express an interest in the project, as space is limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. With a short commute of 20 minutes from nearby Newcastle, the positions are being snapped up fast.

The 200 year old United Reform Church has become a personal project of GrandonArchitecture's Design Director Graham McDarby, a resident of Ryton. His firm saved the 200 year old church from private developers who had intended to transform it into an apartment block.

Should the transformation prove a success, plans are to convert an additional building adjacent to the church into further commercial space, offering gallery options and workspace for the local community and artists.

McDarby explains: "The church and adjacent hall are a key part of the heritage of Ryton and will now be retained and sustained with uses which will continue to benefit the community.  The creative arts and employment uses will provide a platform for the long term preservation of the buildings."

Key Facts

Status Planning approved
Value 0(m€)
Gradon Architecture
www.gradonarchitecture.com

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