The ‘Old Fire Station’ is a joint project between Oxford City Council and homeless charity Crisis. The building is an amalgamation of three buildings, dating from 1894, with over 23 staircases, incorporating a gallery, studio theatre and nightclub. The gallery and theatre have been retained, whilst new arts facilities and a new Crisis Skylight Centre for the charity Crisis have been added. The overall vision for the project was to create a unique, dynamic and inspirational centre for creativity, skills development and enterprise in Oxford; and to bring a redundant council building back into use, using a “two organisations, one building” approach.
The existing building fabric has, where possible, been retained to help define the character and richness of spaces and influence the choice of new materials. The vision for the buildings