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GSSArchitecture scoops planning for arts centre extension

Northamptonshire-based GSSArchitecture has won planning for a new extension to the Embrace Arts Centre in Leicester

The £1.5 million scheme will extend the University of Leicester’s Richard Attenborough Centre which was originally designed by Ian Taylor and Bennetts Associates.

The addition will provide a new gallery wing to the existing building, doubling the size of the centre.  

The original concept plan for the new extension was drawn up by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, before GSSArchitecture won a competition to take the project forward.

GSSArchitecture Partner, Tom Lyons, explained: ‘[This] exciting development which will create a range of high quality gallery space, to showcase contemporary visual art together with artist studio space for the city of Leicester.”

The Richard Attenborough Centre originally opened in 1997 to promote arts and disability. It won an RIBA Award for Health and Education in 1998.

Arts Council England will provide £600,000 in funding for the scheme, and fundraising is underway to meet the £900,000 shortfall.

Work will begin on site in Autumn 2013  with the scheme set to complete in 2015.  

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