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Grimshaw's Bournemouth Performing Arts Centre is dumped

Bournemouth Borough Council has ditched Grimshaw’s proposed £22 million Performing Arts Centre in the town’s Winter Garden.

The AJ can reveal that the local authority has decided to look again at the ‘wooded’ plot – following a change of political administration last year – and is about to start public consultation on a so-called ‘Town Centre Mastervision’.

Grimshaw’s original plans (pictured), which were approved in April 2007, included a new education centre for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as recording studios, accommodation for 194 students, 44 additional flats, two theatres, a cinema and a 60-space car park.

A spokesman for the practice said: ‘[We] stopped work on the project in April 2007, while funding issues were being resolved.

‘Although supported by the previous local council, we understand that an alternative development strategy for the site is now being investigated by the current administration, primarily concentrated on housing and car parking.’

It had been hoped that work would already have been well under way with a scheduled completion date in 2009.

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