Designed by Will Mawson of MawsonKerr architects (see MawsonKerr), the
Sunbeams Centre will be a single-storey construction, built into a sloping site, designed with
both accessibility and sustainability at the core of the process. The building comprises
specialist performance hall and therapy spaces, administrative and meeting/conference
Particular attention has been paid to the design, in response to the extraordinary landscape
and the nature of service delivery including the needs of other Arts organisations and
disabled beneficiaries. The architecture embodies the natural context, a contemporary
vernacular and musical union. The innovative design has already received prestigious acclaim
in The Architects’ Journal – July 2009.
Specifications will be of the highest form both environmentally and acoustically, correlating
the relationship between music and architecture to improve the quality of arts experience and
provide world-class facilities/services and a Centre of Excellence! It will be an exemplar,
zero-carbon specialist arts facility and a beacon of national importance providing the Charity
with a permanent base from which to operate and build a sustainable legacy for our disabled
and disadvantaged communities whilst accessible to all.