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Four schemes get in before Arts Council policy shift

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Four major projects have received funding from the Arts Council in a round of awards which marks - almost - the end of large capital donations by the National Lottery.

All the projects to receive funding in this round had already had money set aside for them. They are: the Music Centre at Gateshead, designed by Foster and Partners, which receives £43.8 million, the second largest lottery award ever made by the Arts Council; £12 million to the Laban Centre in Deptford, east London, designed by Tate Modern architect Herzog and de Meuron; £9.8 million to Hampstead Theatre in north London, designed by Bennetts Associates; and, £3.7 million for fact (the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool, designed by Austin-Smith: Lord (above).The Arts Council this week made an award of £898,690 to the South Bank Board for funding towards the masterplan (aj 11.11.99). Other smaller awards included £1.5 million for the refurbishment of the Almeida Theatre in Islington, London.

The Arts Council is moving away from the large-scale funding of major capital projects, but still has a number of redevelopments to consider before implementing this policy. They are: the redevelopment of the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford on Avon, designed by Erick van Egeraat; the redevelopment of the English National Opera in London for which an architect has yet to be appointed; the c/plex project in Sandwell, West Midlands, designed by Alsop & Stormer, and the redevelopment of London's South Bank,masterplanned by Rick Mather.

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