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Council backs Mecanoo's design for new Oldham Coliseum

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Oldham Council has approved plans by Dutch practice Mecanoo for a new £27 million home for Oldham Coliseum Theatre

The theatre, to be built on the existing Southgate Street car park, will include a 550-seat auditorium and a 170-seat studio theatre, a café and an outdoor terrace. 

Backed by a £7.1m National Lottery-funded capital grant from Arts Council England, the scheme will sit next to the Grade II-listed former Oldham Library and Art Gallery building, which is being transformed into a heritage centre.

Mecanoo revised its plans to include the studio theatre following feedback on its initial designs, which were submitted for planning in 2014

Oldham Coliseum by Mecanoo

Oldham Coliseum by Mecanoo

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Mecanoo’s original 2014 scheme

The practice won the job in November 2013, seeing off competition from Austin-Smith:Lord, Bennetts Associates, Haworth Tompkins, John McAslan & Partners, Levitt Bernstein and Purcell Miller Tritton.  

The project forms part of wider plans to transform Oldham town centre to provide a cultural quarter. 

Work is expected to start on site in early 2018, with completion scheduled for 2020. 

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