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Heating Albion Row Studios

Funded on Spacehive 19 December 2023

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Heating Albion Row Studios

Maya Wallis By Maya Wallis

Heating Albion Row Studio aims to create an insulated self-contained warm pod in our communal project space, and to provide portable heaters for members to use in their individual studios.

Byker Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 19 Dec 2023!

Albion Row Studio is an artist-led shared studio space in Byker, Newcastle. The project was initiated as a response to multiple studio closures across the city. Albion Row Studio now provides vital workspaces for 14 Artists. We are focused on creating affordable, long-term spaces and immediate community. Our studios are housed in an ex-industrial unit with no central heating. The floors are bare concrete, and the industrial roof is not insulated. We want to ensure that the studios can be used throughout the winter. We developed a plan to build a self-contained communal warm pod, insulated by PVA sheets, floor insulation and heated by an infrared heater. This will offer a comfortable communal pod for artists to warm up, socialise, and work. We want to purchase a set of portable studio heaters for studio holders to sign out and use it in their spaces following the safe protocol. This will provide a safe and manageable way for studio holders to heat their own studios.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create an insulated communal warm pod for studio holders in our communal space
  • Purchase a infrared heater for the communal space
  • Purchase 4 individual space heaters for studio holders to use in their personal studios

Why it's a great idea:

By creating a warm pod and providing heaters, our studio holders can work throughout the winter months without compromising their artistic practice. The warm space will benefit our artists by providing a space of comfort and warmth. It will also support the community building by creating a contained and welcoming space to socialise and chat with other members throughout the workday. This space will be used during our general meetings or other public events. The purchase of energy efficient and safe heaters, that can be signed in and out will ensure that studio holders can work to their full potential in their individual spaces without the seasonal discomfort. Albion Row Studios is a huge success. We have collectively built the studios, transforming our unit into a functional workspace. We are passionate about creating good working conditions and community, by Heating our Albion Row Studios we can continue to provide this for our artists over winter.

Steps to get it done:

  • Cleaning and painting the project space to prep for building a communal warm space
  • Collecting the donated structure for the communal warm space
  • Assembling the structure into the project space and taking measurements for PVA plastic sheets
  • Buying the PVC Plastic Sheets, Infrared heater and individual studio heaters
  • Updating our health and safety policy and sending out to studio holders

You can read about Albion Row Studios and how far our project has already developed in the last year on: Check out our in dialogue with Artist Network North East:

Location Byker

About the space

Albion Road Studios, Unit 33, Albion Row, Morley’s North, Ouseburn Newcastle Upon Tyne NE6 1PQ


Newcastle City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £1,122

Electrical Fees - £450 (40%)
Vieto Infrared Heaters x 1 - £185 (16%)
Individual Studio Heaters x 4 - £180 (16%)
Redwood PVC - Insulation Curtain to Clad Warm Pod x 4 - £148 (13%)
CLS Studs to create ceiling frame over structure - 2x2 inch @ 4.8 metres x 13 - £82 (7%)
Other - £77 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Electrical Fees
Vieto Infrared Heaters x 1
Individual Studio Heaters x 4
Redwood PVC - Insulation Curtain to Clad Warm Pod x 4
CLS Studs to create ceiling frame over structure - 2x2 inch @ 4.8 metres x 13
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Buy additional portable heaters
  • Paint the outside of the warm pod and buy cushions/blankets for the warm pod

Total £1,122

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