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DLA latest victim at troubled Northern Ballet

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DLA follows in the footsteps of Chipperfield and Carey Jones and leaves troubled Yorkshire scheme

DLA the latest victim at troubled Northern Ballet project

DLA Architecture has been shown the exit door from the prestigious Northern Ballet project in Leeds.

The Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT), with the Phoenix Dance Centre, has ditched Rushbond, the developer behind DLA’s project, and is working on a completely new scheme with Leeds City Council.

The revelation is the latest twist in the long-running saga surrounding the design of the dance company’s new home in West Yorkshire – a turbulent 10-year tale which has already seen schemes by Carey Jones and David Chipperfield sidelined.

DLA had only been on the scheme at the Quarry Hill site for a few months after being brought in last autumn as part of the developer-led team to design a replacement for Carey Jones’s over-budget scheme (pictured).

Carey Jones had itself replaced Chipperfield, who had drawn up a scheme for a new base in Huddersfield.

A spokesperson for NBT said: ‘We were very disappointed that it became impossible for us to continue working with Rushbond to develop a new purpose-built home for NBT and Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds.

‘We are extremely grateful to Leeds City Council who have reviewed the delivery options and agreed to take responsibility for the development.’

It is understood the council’s Strategic Design Alliance – a collaboration with engineer Jacobs – is reappraising the site to see how the £11.7 million scheme could be split. Part of the land will have to be sold or given to a developer to fund the scheme.DLA practice director Richard Nash said: ‘Due to the involvement of the council as funder, the services of a Strategic Design Alliance architect [from within LCC] had to be engaged under their standing orders.

‘We are certain the scheme will be a huge asset for Leeds and wish the project every success.’

The NBT, based in West Park, Leeds expects to move into its new home in 2010.

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