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Search on for architect to design new Belfast arts centre

The hunt is on for an architect to design a new arts centre in the heart of Belfast.

The city's Old Museum Arts Centre (OMAC) will begin its search for a designer for a £9 million centre next week, the AJ can reveal.

This move comes after the overcrowded centre secured crucial government funds, including an Arts Council grant, yesterday.

The venue - to be located in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter - will include two theatres with a total of 520 seats.

It will also feature visual art galleries, dance studios, rehearsal spaces, education rooms and offices, as well as a bar and restaurant.

OMAC director Anne McReynolds said: 'OMAC is bursting at the seams. Due to the ongoing success of our programmes, we have outgrown our present location.

It will deliver a truly accessible arts experience for disabled people, as well as dedicated dance studios.'

The building is due to open to the public in April 2010.

by Rob Sharp

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