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SHEFFIELD PENOYRE AND PRASAD

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Penoyre and Prasad is working on proposals for a full-scale refurbishment of Sheffield's City Hall, completed in 1934 to a competition design by Vincent Harris. The City of Sheffield's brief to the architect is to make a large number of functional improvements to enable the three auditoria in the building to deal with modern demands. These include greater flexibility, improved acoustics, increased catering, bar and wc capacity, proper back- of-house facilities, enlarged administrative spaces, and facilities for visiting and resident artists. Penoyre and Prasad's scheme entails building a semi-circular structure to the roof, clearing away internal additions to restore original spaces and opening up circulation. The capacity of the largest of the three auditoria will be increased from 1500 seats to 2500; more obvious entrances will be provided, with two glass extensions at the front giving glimpses of the life of the building viewed from a newly landscaped urban setting. Funding is being sought from the Arts Lottery and the European Regional Development Fund.

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