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Fourth time lucky for new Northern Ballet Theatre

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The Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) has finally been given a new home in West Yorkshire – at the fourth attempt.

Over the years, the NBT has commissioned David Chipperfield, careyjones and DLA Architecture to draw up plans for a new flagship facility.

None of the proposals were taken forward and last October, the theatre had to ditch developer Rushbond, which was working with DLA on a scheme in the Quarry Hill area of Leeds (AJ 25.10.07).

However, earlier today (10 October) Leeds City Council approved a £12 million building on a separate Quarry Hill site masterminded by the Strategic Design Alliance (SDA), a partnership between engineering giant Jacobs and the authority’s own in-house architects.

The approved six-storey development – which will be shared with the Phoenix Dance Theatre and will eventually become home to Leeds Metropolitan University’s dance degree course – will house seven dance studios, a health suite, costume workshop and 200-seat studio theatre.

Although the theatre is currently £700,000 short of its fundraising target, it still hopes to open its doors in 2010.

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