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Mecanoo submits Oldham Coliseum revamp for planning

Oldham Coliseum by Mecanoo
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Dutch firm Mecanoo, led by Woman Architect of the Year 2014 Francine Houben, is set to submit plans for the revamp of Oldham Coliseum Theatre

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

The scheme will sit next to the grade II-listed former Oldham Library and Art Gallery building which is being transformed into a new heritage centre.

The new-build theatre will include 550-seat and a 100-seat performance spaces while the heritage centre will tell the story of Oldham’s past with gallery spaces, archives, public research rooms, bars, and meeting spaces.

Council leader Jim McMahon said: ‘This latest vision is the result of careful work which aims to showcase the beauty of our future – an eye-catching modern Coliseum Theatre building – in a setting that fully complements and doesn’t compete with the grand former library building that will be given new life as a Heritage Centre.’

The project forms part of wider plans to transform Oldham town centre.

Construction is due to start in 2016 subject to the confirmation of funding from the Arts Council and English Heritage.

 

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