Some of our current projects are:
Woolwich Cultural District – Royal Borough of Greenwich
The Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) has acquired five large Grade 2 listed heritage buildings, which had previously formed part of the Royal Arsenal military munitions factories site which closed in 1967. The site played a significant local role, at one time employing 80,000 people. Latterly, it housed the Royal Artillery Museum and now it also comprises one of the biggest concentrations of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings converted for residential use (by Berkeley Homes), with more than 3,000 residents. In 2019, Crossrail will connect Woolwich Arsenal with central London in less than 20 minutes.
Following the acquisition, RBG made a manifesto commitment to develop its buildings for cultural use, but had no detailed plans in place. BK was commissioned to undertake a cultural master planning exercise for the site, which totals some 16,500 square metres of usable space.
BK undertook a feasibility study, working with Bennetts Associates and successfully identified a broad range of cultural uses. Following adoption of BK’s proposed operational and capital plan, RBG has now earmarked funds of more than £40 million to bring the project to fruition. Working with a small internal RBG project team, BK has been retained to work on detailed business planning, setting up a new operational trust and identifying and working with arts companies who will be resident on site. We are also working alongside the design team on detailed capital planning. The first phase of the development is scheduled to open in 2020.
Scottish Sculpture Workshop
Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) was the first sculpture-specific artist workshop to be developed in the UK and is in Lumsden in the rural North East of Scotland. Since its formation in 1974, SSW has developed its activities and facilities in stages. BK is now supporting SWW in the next stages of development
Town Hall Theatre Galway
In 2017, the launch of a ten year cultural strategy for Galway created an exciting roadmap for the future development of the arts in the region. Galway’s designation as the European Capital of Culture in 2020 also presents enormous opportunities for local and national artists, arts organisations and audiences. Town Hall Theatre, which in 2020 will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its re-opening, has commissioned BK to support it in a strategic review to ensure that its organisation is able to play its full role as part of Galway’s cultural infrastructure.
Kilkenny Arts Festival
Kilkenny Arts Festival presents many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August. BK is supporting the Festival in a strategic review to help shape its activities and operations during the next period.
BK has worked since 2005 with this vibrant theatre as it seeks to redevelop its facilities in Lambeth. Working closely with the London Borough of Lambeth, Ovalhouse has now found a site for a new theatre in Brixton and is beginning the process of developing its detailed plans for development. Following the successful bid for £3 million ACE capital funds, BK is working on the detailed business planning with Ovalhouse for its new theatre which is due to open in 2020.
Arts venue for Taunton
BK was commissioned by Arts Taunton to undertake an options appraisal looking into how to develop venue provision in Taunton, which may possibly be based on the existing Brewhouse Theatre, but will certainly be part of the redevelopment of Taunton town centre. Following completion of the options appraisal, BK undertook a business planning process based on the chosen option, commissioned by Taunton and Deane Borough Council and has now been retained for the longer term to be the client’s representative for the project.
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Under the new leadership of Stefan Kalmár, the ICA is embarked upon a new business model with a new management team and plans. BK is working with the leadership team on the development of business plans to support and frame the ICA’s ambitions and intentions.
The Queen’s Hall
Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall is a key music venue in the City’s cultural offer, with its unique acoustic and diverse music programme.
As the historic building approaches its 200th anniversary, and as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra relocates to a new venue, BK is supporting the team to develop its post SCO business model and its unique position in Edinburgh.
Arts Council of England
BK is on the framework of financial and governance advisors and is providing a range of services including reviewing business plans and undertaking organisational ‘health checks’.