Dutch outfit Group A wins Dance4 contest
Dutch practice Group A has won the competition to draw up plans for the new Nottingham Creative Village (NCV)
The Rotterdam–based outfit beat Ash Sakula Architects; Malcolm Fraser Architects; Ian Ritchie Architects and District 6; and a collaboration between Tim Evans of Sheppard Robson, film-maker Monty Whitebloom and choreographer Lea Anderson. The contest-backer, experimental dance organisation Dance4, wants to create an internationally renowned centre for performance artists in the Sneinton city fringe area of Nottingham.
Paul Russ, chief Executive and artistic director of Dance4 said: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Group A architects. Amid the formidable calibre of each of the five selected architects, it was clear that Group A best understood the brief and communicated their excitement and artistry through their designs.
‘As a practice they embody the same philosophy as Dance4, seeking to deliver excellence through challenging perceptions and are clearly inspired by our ambition.’
Expected to cost in the region of £10 million, the NCV project is supported by Nottingham City Council and has been awarded initial funding by the Greater Nottingham Partnership and the Arts Council England.
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Dance4 shortlists five architects for its Nottingham Creative Village
Ash Sakula, Malcolm Fraser and Ian Ritchie are among the British practices shortlisted for the centre that will provide facilities for performance artists and other creatives to work
They are joined on the shortlist of five by Rotterdam practice Group A and District 6, a collaboration between architect Timothy Evans of Sheppard Robson, film-maker Monty Whitebloom and choreographer Dr Lea Anderson
Dance4, the East Midland’s flagship dance organisation, embarked on the initial development stage of a new capital project, working title ‘Nottingham Creative Village’ (NCV) last year, working with Rotherham-based capital development managers, Eye, when it issued a public notice in October calling for architects to submit expressions of interest in designing the new space.
The vision for NCV is to create a centre of local, regional, national and international significance that provides facilities for performance artists and other creative people to make new work.
The five selected architects will present outline statements and designs for the project by 19 February.
Paul Russ, Executive Director Dance4 says: ‘We were very inspired and excited by each of the five selected architect groups, whose previous work is extremely relevant to this type of project. We are looking forward to receiving the submissions and moving on to the next stage of development.’
The chosen architect will be announced early in March 2010. The NCV project is supported by Nottingham City Council. Funding for this phase of development has been awarded by Greater Nottingham Partnership and Arts Council England.