Taunton Deane Borough Council is recruiting a design team for a £12 million upgrade of Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre
The winning architect-led team will transform the 1976 venue into a new ‘vibrant and viable arts centre’ for the historic Somerset town, which was awarded ‘Garden Town’ status by the government last year and plans to deliver 10,000 new homes.
The project – planned to complete in 2023 – will upgrade front-of-house and backstage facilities, enlarge the auditorium capacity to 650, create a viewing gallery and orchestra pit, and explore the possibility of relocating Taunton library to the complex. A project manager and cost consultant are also sought in separate lots.
In its brief, the council says: ‘This project represents a major investment for the council in cultural infrastructure within the town centre supporting the development of Taunton’s garden town identity …
‘The successful suppliers will work in partnership with the council and the leaseholder, the Taunton Theatre Association, to test, design and deliver a viable and sustainable theatre and arts centre fit for the next 50 years within the fixed £12 million construction budget. The successful suppliers will recognise and align with the council’s vision for the area.’
The theatre is on a prominent site close to the Somerset County Cricket Club stadium and the River Tone. It was designed by Norman Branson and opened in 1976.
The structure includes a Grade II-listed 18th-century Brewhouse which currently hosts an events space and offices. In the 1990s an arts centre was also added to the complex.
The latest project aims to expand and upgrade the landmark cultural facility which, the council says, currently fails to engage with its immediate context.
The deadline for applications is midday, 3 August.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Taunton Deane Borough Council
The Deane House
Tel: +44 7785454126