Somerset FilmBridgwater, Somerset
O2i Design Consultants assisted Somerset Film in securing funding for the refurbishment of newly acquired premises. Somerset Film received considerable funding from Arts Council England towards the first phase of upgrading the Engine Room community media centre at 50/52 High Street in Bridgwater. The grant enabled Somerset Film to refurbish their premises to enhance their digital and creative media services, offer new community rehearsal and meeting spaces, house a local film and TV archive, improve edit facilities, provide hot desks for fledgeling creative businesses and better access and connectivity throughout the premises.
O2i Design’s new building created flexible new studio spaces over 3 floors, provided circulation links to the existing spaces and made the whole building fully accessible. This was achieved by adding a new three-storey rear extension with the partial demolition of the existing building whilst retaining the front facade. The building was completely gutted, leaving only the front facade and some spectacular temporary steel propping. A new steel and concrete framework have created three flexible studio spaces with improved and enlarged studio facilities including dedicated space for disabled filmmakers. This project has recently won “Best Public Service Building” across Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall for the renovation and extension of the Engine Room, Bridgwater for Somerset Film as part of the LABC South West Regional Building Excellence Awards 2017.