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Ellis Williams lands £3.5m arts centre project in Oxon

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Ellis Williams Architects has won a competition to design a new arts centre near Oxford, beating John McAslan & Partners and local firm The Oxford Architects Partnership.

The building, to cost £3.5 million, will replace a supermarket in Didcot. The architect is planning to complete the 2,000m 2building by the end of 2003. Containing a 300-seat performance space, as well as a rehearsal space and an exhibition hall, the scale of the building comes as a relief to Dominic Williams, who is masterminding the giant BALTIC arts centre in Gateshead.

'It's really nice, especially going back to something smaller after the traumas of a large project, ' said Williams. Images are not yet available, but Williams is planning a facade which contains a mixture of display spaces, using back projection, slots and windows, to showcase art works inside.

The BALTIC centre, under construction, will be completed by Cristmas and open on 9 March, 2002.

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