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Contest opens for £6m overhaul of Chapter Arts Centre

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A high-profile competition has been launched for the £6 million redevelopment of Cardiff’s prestigious Chapter Arts Centre

Competition organiser Chapter Capital Alliance is on the hunt for an ‘inspirational’ architect-led design team for the regeneration and expansion of the venue in Canton, west Cardiff.

The project follows a doubling of visitors to the former Canton High School building since 2009 when Ash Sakula Architects completed a £3.8 million revamp.

The 44 year-old Chapter Arts Centre has teamed up with locally-based Earthfall, ffotogallery, Theatr Iolo and Cardiff University to create a new consortium known as the Chapter Capital Alliance to steer the expansion.

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.

In a statement, the organiser said: ‘Chapter Capital Alliance Partnership will provide a richer artistic provision for audiences and the artistic community and will also make a significant contribution to the strategic, artistic, economic and social objectives of national and regional bodies including the Arts Council of Wales, the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council.

The winning team will develop plans up to RIBA Stage 2 as part of a feasibility study.

The deadline for registration is the 21 April and submissions must be completed by 1 May.


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