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CABE BACKS VIÑOLY SCHEME

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CABE has given its enthusiastic support to Rafael Viñoly Architects' 'exciting and dynamic' Leicester Performing Arts Centre.

CABE's design review committee congratulated Leicester City Council for its ambition and approach to the project, in particular for the choice of Viñoly to design the complex.

But the committee said there were issues which must be addressed as the project developed.

The scheme places two auditoria of 350 and 750 seats within a circular glazed building, with additional rehearsal rooms, meeting, seminar and workshop spaces, restaurants and bars.While CABE applauded the 'exciting proposition'of 'turning theatre inside out'and 'bringing the city into the building', it stressed the need to think through the technical consequences. It suggested the project team approach the Association of British Theatre Technicians for a technical review.

CABE also called for careful consideration of public routes through the complex, the introduction of rooflights and the use of brick cladding on the leading edge of the roof on Rutland Street.And it urged the team to retain simplicity and clarity as the design develops.

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