[First look] Burwell Deakins Architects have been appointed to design a new 1,600m² performing arts centre for Plymouth University
The four-storey, £7 million building will house specialist performance and rehearsal spaces and will complete the masterplan for the city’s cultural quarter.
The main theatre has been designed to seat 220 but is capable of holding a standing audience of 400.
Nicholas Burwell, director of Burwell Deakins Architects, said:‘The new Performing Arts Building completes the vision for Plymouth’s cultural quarter, while also reinforcing the dialogue between the city and the university’.
‘Our relationship with the University revolves around a constant exploration of social and educational themes – and how they can be translated and supported by the built environment.’
Burwell Deakins have been involved in a number of projects on campus since 2003. These include an extension to the universities library as well as the design of a new Marine Building which is due for complete in September 2012.
In 2011 the practice won a competition to design a residential development for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in Truro.