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Ash Sakula vying for Chapter Arts Centre return

Ash Sakula has been shortlisted to expand Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre – five years after completing a £3.8 million regeneration of the prestigious Canton building

The practice is competing against dRMM, Childs & Sulzmann, Ellis Williams, AOC and 51% Studios for the £6 million redevelopment job.

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.

Two finalists will be selected and given six weeks to further develop their submissions following interviews with the shortlisted teams this week.

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





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