The Audit Commission has lambasted Rafael Viñoly’s over-budget Curve theatre project in Leicester for failing to provide good value for money
Work on the planning the project began in 2000, with Rafael Viñoly appointed as architect in 2002. The original budget was set at £26 million, but costs more than doubled to £61 million and it opened in 2008 – two years behind schedule.
The Audit Commission criticised the lack of finalised detailed design before the start of construction, which it said resulted in the escalating price (the full report is attached right).
Richard Watson, director of cultural services at Leicester City Council said: ‘The audit noted that Curve was completed over budget and behind schedule. As a result the audit Commission were unable to conclude that the Council’s arrangements ensured value for money.
‘The report makes a number of recommendations about the future management of projects, which will help us to ensure lessons have been learnt for future projects.’
Following the release of the report Ruth Eastwood, chief executive of the Curve theatre, stepped down after three years in charge.