Arts & Cultural Centre in the People’s Market, Wrexham, Wales, Refurbishment
Client: Wrexham Borough County Council
FY were appointed through a competition to incorporate a new Arts and Cultural Centre, formerly Oriel Wrecsam, within the People’s Market, an existing purpose-built 1990’s multi-storey carpark and market in Wrexham.
The building is strategically located between the centre and edge of town attractions offering opportunities to link and attract more people to the arts. A new entrance and graphic treatment of the external facades signals the presence of the art centre and provides a blank canvas for art work. The new facilities include art galleries, performance space, a new café, market, learning centre and artist studios. Cuts into the existing building fabric create dramatic vertical connections that link these various functions. A new flexi-art and community space within the market is an experimental ground to test and expand the arts programme in the future.