Raft of projects to land Arts Council handouts
The Arts Council has revealed 20 projects which have been approved to apply for £50 million of capital funding
Thw organisation Arts Council England today (22 January) announced the successful applicants to its Capital Funding scheme.
Projects by HAT Projects, Haworth Tomkins, and Penoyre and Prasad are all benefitting from the cash.
The funding aims to support the refurbishment, extension and improvement of existing facilities.
Selected projects receiving Arts Council funding include
High House Production Park
Architect: HAT Projects
Funding: £1 million
In partnership with Acme Studios, High House Production Park plans to develop more than 40 new affordable artist studios on the Production Park site in Purfleet, Thurrock.
Architect: Haworth Tomkins
Funding: £17.5 million
The proposed NT Future project looks to open up the South Bank building developing a new learning centre, further public spaces and improved access to the backstage areas.
National Glass Centre, Sunderland
Architect: Faulkner Browns
This project will refurbish and remodel the National Glass Centre, opening up the existing layout to provide better navigation around the building and more flexible gallery space.
Chichester Festival Theatre
Architect: Haworth Tomkins
Funding: £12 million
Through the theatres RENEW project the funding will allow them to refurbish and extend the existing front of house and backstage areas, improve access, and increasing capacity.
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth
Architect: Penoyre and Prasad
This project will see the restoration of the stage house of the Grade II* listed Theatre Royal destroyed by fire in 1972 which will re-establish the theatre as a strong touring venue.
Stroud Valley Artspace
The funding will finance the final refurbishment phase of their existing premises whilst adding a new street facing exhibition space and open plan studios.
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Architect: Andrzej Blonski Architects
Funding: £5 million
This project will see the refurbishment of the Theatre Royal, including a front-of-house extension, access improvements and the replacement of equipment.
The Art House
Architect: Purcell Miller Tritton
Funding: £1.5 million
The organisation, which helps disabled and non-disabled artists achieve equal access to visual arts opportunities, plans to create 33 new accessible spaces through the conversion and refurbishment of the adjoining Drury Lane Library.
Square Chapel, Halifax
Architect: Evans Vettori
Funding: £4 million
This project will be a contemporary extension to the existing building, housing a new auditorium, café, bae and an upgrade of the existing visitors facilities.
York Museums Trust
Architect: Ushida Findlay
Funding: £3.5 million
For the refurbishment of York Art Gallery to provide increased display space for contemporary work including establishing the Centre of British Studio Ceramics.
Art Services Grants (SPACE Studios), Hackney
Architect: Sarah Wigglesworth
Funding: £1.2 million
This project will bring four core buildings within the SPACE Studios estate up to standard, reducing on-going maintenance needs and reducing energy costs. Deborah House in Hackney will be given a new roof and possibly an additional floor.
Contemporary Dance Trust
This grant will help deliver energy savings of at least 28.5 per cent through improvements to heating and building management systems, energy efficient lighting and replacement windows.
English National Opera
Funding: £2.1 million
The project includes refurbishing and replacing existing technical equipment within the building whilst improving its condition.
Royal Opera House
Architect: Still to be announced
Funding: £10 million
A programme of improvements over four years to maintain, repair and modernise stage and rehearsal facilities, as well as its digital capacity. This will enable the organisation to increase its artistic, financial and environmental sustainability.
The funding will be used to improve the facilities at the Roundhouse whilst increasing the buildings environmental performance.