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Hopkins to build cultural centre in Cypriot capital

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Hopkins Architects has won a competition to design a new cultural centre in Cyprus' divided capital, Nicosia.

The city is currently a melting pot of cultural developments, and the Hopkins scheme will be built close to another project which is the focus of an RIBA competition involving leading UK practices such as David Chipperfield, Niall McLaughlin and Feilden Clegg Bradley.

Hopkins will work alongside local practice Virdas and Patsalosavis, and is leading a team which includes consulting engineer Arup, acoustic expert Kirkegaard Associates and theatre consultant Carr and Angier.

The project forms part of a new cultural quarter in the city, and Hopkins' centre will be used for the performing arts, showcasing national and international performances of music, dance, opera, ballet and theatre.

The centre will provide a capacity of 1,400 seats, with a secondary hall offering a 500-seat 'chamber' for music and live events. The scheme will also incorporate an outdoor theatre space, which will be able to seat up to 2,000 people.

Hopkins will have a budget of 80 million euros (£54 million) which, it is understood, will be subsidised by the EU. Completion is set for the end of 2010.

by Richard Vaughan

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