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University of Arts London Chelsea

The Client

The University of Arts London Chelsea (also known as Chelsea College of Arts) has a reputation for producing some of today’s leading artists and designers. Their teaching focuses on material-based investigation and creative process.

They offer fine art, design and curating courses.

The Challenge

Chelsea College of Arts needed more space, originally to provide canteen and teaching space for their students for three months. The hire period was extended and the marquee provided a space that was used in many different ways: canteen, breakout space, teaching and student exhibitions.

The Solution

We provided a 20m x 15m marquee with hard flooring, covid signage, hand sanitizer stations. Both entrances had ramps to provide wheelchair access.

As the marquee was being erected in the courtyard, normal pins could not be used to secure it. Instead, we used concrete blocks to secure the marquee.

With the original hire period going into the winter, a thermostatically controlled warm-air heating solution was provided to keep everyone using the marquee nice and warm, with energy-saving LED lighting ensuring everyone could work at whatever time of day they wanted to.

Solid walls (a mixture of glass and solid sides) and doors provided the security needed.

The Results

The marquee provided a widely used space, as you can see from the images. The hire period, originally just three months, was extended to cover a full teaching year.


University of Arts London Chelsea

Industry Sector



Chelsea, London

Rental Period

Sept 2021 – July 2022

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