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AOC wins Chapter Arts Centre expansion

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AOC has triumphed in the competition to enlarge Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre

The practice beat rival finalist 51% Studios to win the £6 million redevelopment job.

The two teams were chosen from a six-strong shortlist which included Ash Sakula, dRMM, Childs & Sulzmann and Ellis Williams.

The full shortlist

  • Ash Sakula
  • dRMM
  • Childs & Sulzmann
  • Ellis Williams
  • AOC
  • 51% Studios

AOC will now develop expansion plans up to RIBA Stage 2 as part of a feasibility study for the project.

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 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 44 year-old Chapter Arts Centre has teamed up with Cardiff University and local outfits Earthfall, ffotogallery and Theatr Iolo to steer the project.




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  • Much as I'm sure AOC will do a brilliant job, it seems a shame that in this world of having to tender for practically every step of a job... that if one company (in this case Ash Sakula) does a good job, first time, is it really old fashioned of me just to think they 'should' get the job for the rest?

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