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AOC and 51% in final race for Chapter Arts Centre expansion

AOC and 51% Studios have reached the final stage in the contest to enlarge Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre

The outfits were chosen following interviews last week with six firms – including Ash Sakula, dRMM and Ellis Williams – who were shortlisted for the £6 million redevelopment job.

The selection has scotched hopes of Ash Sakula returning for a sequel almost five years after the practice completed a £3.8 million regeneration of the prestigious Canton building

The full shortlist

  • Ash Sakula
  • dRMM
  • Childs & Sulzmann
  • Ellis Williams
  • AOC
  • 51% Studios

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 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 44 year-old Chapter Arts Centre has teamed up with Cardiff University and local outfits Earthfall, ffotogallery and Theatr Iolo to steer the project.

The winning team will develop plans up to RIBA Stage 2 as part of a feasibility study.





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