The Beams/Broadwick Live Cultural Center
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Text description provided by the architects. The Beams, Center for New Culture. Broadwick Live reinvents an industrial building in London’s Royal Docks into a testing ground for art in all its forms. Broadwick Live – the group behind some of the UK’s most ambitious and acclaimed venues, events and creative development projects – has unveiled The Beams, Center for New Culture, in the heart of the Royal Docks. Housed in a warehouse that used to be part of the Tate & Lyle factory complex, The Beams is spread over an incredible 55,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space that will serve as a test bed for culture in all its forms.
The Beams is the latest transformational project from Broadwick Live, which builds and operates some of the world’s most exciting venue and entertainment brands. The group has a proven track record of bringing opportunity and creativity to unlikely places, preserving and reimagining disused industrial spaces, in much-loved venues with loyal followings – Printworks, Depot Mayfield and The Drumsheds are examples. eminent. For the beams, Broadwick Live’s internal architecture team led by Luke Huxham, Director of Development and Place, takes a lightweight approach to the industrial building complex.
The original architectural features and aesthetics of the industrial warehouse are preserved, including retaining the original terrazzo surfaces as well as reclaiming signature elements such as a magnificent stairwell and the distinctive shape of the sawtooth roof of the main industrial space. The original crystal windows, large-scale glazing and circular skylights have also been enhanced and preserved, allowing for an abundance of natural light, which inspired the name of the venue.
As with Printworks and other sites in the Broadwick Live portfolio, The Beams will operate under a hybrid multi-use model. During the week, it will provide a versatile space for modern industrial uses such as set construction, film and art production, photo shoots, branding events, exhibitions and fashion shows.
Guests will be welcomed on weekends for the musical series and cultural events. The Beams, which is currently in planning, is the result of Broadwick Live’s close collaboration with Newham Council, The Royal Docks & Projekt, who strive to ensure The Beams delivers social value, economic impact and cultural.