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Newsnight presenter backs Malcolm Fraser ballet project

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The BBC's Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark has launched a £1 million appeal to help finalise a new home for Scottish Ballet designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects (MFA).

The new building, which will be part of Glasgow's Tramway Arts Centre on the city's south side, will be home to Scottish Ballet's 82 staff and dancers.

MFA project architect Clive Albert said Wark - who is patron of the Scottish Ballet Tramway Appeal - was just the person to head-up the campaign to top up the £10 million already raised by organisations including the Scottish Arts Council, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise Glasgow.

Albert said: 'Scottish Ballet always knew we would need a final element of funding for the project and it is great to have someone like Kirsty working for us.'

Albert added that Carillion had been appointed as main contractor and enabling works had already started on site.

The project is expect to be completed in 2009.

by Max Thompson

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