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Liverpool has no time for tea in cinema scheme

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An arthouse film group - the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology - is looking for an architect to turn a tea factory in Liverpool into a picture palace, with digital media centre, exhibition spaces, cafe and design labs. The scheme (details, tel: 0151 709 2663) is the flagship project for the central Rope Walks area masterplan by bdp and English Partnerships.

The £7.5 million cost will pay for it and screens for commercial, arthouse and independent films, video or tv over 4000m2 of the factory's east wing. The other two-thirds of the building are being turned by Urban Splash into shops, workspaces and living accommodation.

Initial funding of £56,000 from the Arts Council Lottery enabled fact to draw up a feasibility study with Chapman Robinson Architects and arts consultant Morris-Hargreaves. Funding also came from the British Film Institute, North West Arts Board and the Liverpool Rope Walks Partnership.

bdp's 1997 masterplan, covering 40ha of the city, proposes widescale regeneration, and will cost £110 million.

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