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It's official! Exchange Place Studios is our new city centre studio complex that we will open in September 2013. This lovely 6 floor Art Deco building was built in 1927 for WH Smith. Inside it has big windows to the North, East and West and a layout that lends itself to the creation of individual studios with 24/7 access – we will be subdividing some of the larger spaces so there is scope for us to tailor make one to your needs from large to small (200 sq ft minimum).
There are three staircases, one being very wide, and we plan to keep a passenger lift in service. There is a loading bay to the side and in the basement. It is on the District Heating System so will be economically warm. There are communal sinks on each floor. We plan to have exhibition and project space on the ground floor as well as our office which will be open for you and your deliveries Monday to Friday 9.30am-12.30pm. There will be free WiFi hotspots on each each floor.
The building is on Exchange Street in Castle Gate facing on to Victoria Quays, a five minute walk to the station, close to most city centre bus routes and there will be limited contract parking in the basement for those who find public transport difficult. The area will shortly undergo a complete transformation with the closure of the markets and the revealing of the remains of Sheffield Castle.
Rent will be £7 per sq ft inc VAT and rates (eg £117 per month for a 200 sq ft studio). Heat, light and power will be charged on top – this currently works out about £5 per month on average in our other, similar studios.