The Artist Studios

As a team we are involved with several charities, providing financial support and offering our time and skill in certain circumstances. SPUD is a local charity that supports and encourages artists and young people interested in pursuing a career in art and architecture. Faced with the challenge of how to expand and provide working space to local artists, they turned to SPUD charity trustees and PAD studio team members, Wendy and Collette.

Project & Environmental Data

Project Info

  • Location: spudWORKS, Sway, Hampshire
  • Cost: £89,500
  • Designation: National Park
  • Collaborators: spudWORKS


2020 Civic Trust Award, Regional Finalist
2020 RIBA MacEwen Award, Longlisted
2020 RICS Social Impact Award, Shortlisted

Environmental Data

  • Energy Efficiency
    1 2
  • Insulation
    1 2 3
  • Thermal Mass
  • Airtightness
    1 2
  • Embodied Carbon
    1 2 3
  • Heating/Hot Water
    Electric Gas Ground Source Air Source
  • Solar Thermal
    Yes No
  • Rain Water Harvest
    Yes No
  • Ventilation
    MVHR Natural
  • Energy Storage
    Yes No

With a challenging budget, limited build time and faced with the site constraints of not being able to dig under a series of large oak and sycamore trees, we designed a simple structure clad in timber and corrugated sheeting. Jackpad style pad footings sit directly on the earth and avoid the need for dug foundations. Acrylic panels allow light to flood each studio without the expense and added complexities of using glass.

Each of the five studios provides the artist with 14sqm of space and a communal terrace where the artists can gather to exchange ideas or work outside when the weather permits. The monopitch roof offers a feeling of spaciousness and drama internally and is canted to allow as much daylight as possible into the studio space.

The journey of a building has several phases, involves many decisions and often many challenges on the way to completion. Our extensive knowledge and combined experience allow us to foresee many of these challenges and assist us in navigating our clients through the process, sharing the load to keep the project on track and aiming to provide an enjoyable process for our clients.

We are tenacious and driven – we work hard for you, even when the going gets tough we don’t give up. When you work with us, the team at PAD studio undertakes a commitment to you which we strive to honour throughout the journey from inception to completion.

We were delighted that the Arts Council not only helped to fund the build but came to open the building in 2019. The opening event was a celebration of the art, architecture and design and demonstrates how these disciplines have the ability to bring together and empower the local community.

spudWORKS offers high quality work-spaces for creative industries in a pleasant rural environment with easy parking and good rail links. In addition to the studios above spudWORKS offers gallery, event, workshop, office and desk spaces for hire. You can also rent the award winning Observatory's as short term artist studios located on the site at Sway. SPUD hosts several public events throughout the year so pay them a visit.