Holton Studios is located in a small business park on the edge of the village of Holton le Clay in north-east Lincolnshire. The building is the first phase of the development, comprising six lettable workspaces, and forms the edge of what will eventually become a communal courtyard space. Existing buildings on the adjacent site are constructed in brick with low-pitched, concrete-tiled roofs, and metal roller-shutter doors.
Jonathan Hendry Architects wanted to create a building that found its language in both the scale of adjacent buildings and an agricultural typology. The plan is linear with a pitched roof that cantilevers along the communal courtyard side of the building to create a covered walkway.
Each unit is lined internally with birch plywood sheets, giving a warm feel to the interiors and a contrast with the fibre-cement sheets used to clad the building externally. The main workspace is vaulted and generously proportioned. Large timber-framed windows, each with an opening casement for natural ventilation and a door for public access, face the communal courtyard.
The size of the units has been designed so that they remain exempt from business rates. Internal party walls have, however, been constructed so as to allow each unit to be interconnected with the minimum amount of disruption if a business requires a larger space.
Sliding galvanised panels with the same proportions as the fibre-cement panels function as security shutters. Both end gables are clad in fine larch strips, stained Nordic red, to make a transition between the surrounding red brick buildings and the semi-agricultural language of the studios.