AOC wins Chapter Arts Centre expansion
AOC has triumphed in the competition to enlarge Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre
The practice beat rival finalist 51% Studios to win the £6 million redevelopment job.
The two teams were chosen from a six-strong shortlist which included Ash Sakula, dRMM, Childs & Sulzmann and Ellis Williams.
The full shortlist
- Ash Sakula
- Childs & Sulzmann
- Ellis Williams
- 51% Studios
AOC will now develop expansion plans up to RIBA Stage 2 as part of a feasibility study for the project.
The Arts Council of Wales-backed scheme will create new galleries, cinemas, performance and rehearsal studios, learning spaces and a digital hub.
New retail spaces are also planned alongside the refurbishment of existing spaces.
The expansion follows a doubling of visitors to the former Canton High School building since Ash Sakula revamped the 3,991m2 venue in 2009 (AJ 11.03.10)
Chapter Arts now has more than 750,000 visitors a year compared to Cardiff Castle which received 266,927 visits in 2013.
The 44 year-old Chapter Arts Centre has teamed up with Cardiff University and local outfits Earthfall, ffotogallery and Theatr Iolo to steer the project.
- Building Study: Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, by Ash Sakula Architects