Toxteth TV

Toxteth TV, Liverpool


Community based education


Toxteth TV is a community based media centre providing education and training for young people in film and television production. With an immovable budget (funded through DfES and European sources) that would usually generate the most rudimentary commercial park shed, the challenge was to create a response as distinctive as it is economical. After widespread community and public consultation simple blocks were developed using established construction techniques and familiar low cost materials animated by pattern, texture, composition and juxtaposition. The proposals made use of the existing primary structure of the former public house, reusing as many existing materials as possible to keep costs minimal. The result is a building with alternative, independent and creative intent which embraces the local community. Toxteth TV is a raw and energetic building rather than a bland, low cost response that would otherwise suggest continued low investment in the area and community.