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Featherstone Young bags Wrexham arts hub prize

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Featherstone Young has won a publically tendered contract for a new £3 million arts and cultural industries hub in Wrexham

Planned to open in 2017, the project for Wrexham County Borough Council will deliver a new gallery, artists’ studios and learning centre.

The hub will be constructed inside the People’s Market building and its adjacent car park in the centre of the north of Wales town.

According to a statement from the studio: ‘The new facility will transform the existing People’s Market and car park above into an exciting new art destination in north of Wales.

‘The challenging task of refurbishing the 1980s structure will take cues from the historical street pattern of Wrexham with its rich network of covered markets and arcades.’ 

The statement continued: ‘It will provide a resource for the community and will attract visitors to Wrexham, supporting the regeneration of the town centre and providing economic benefits to the region.

‘The existing art gallery Oriel Wrexham has already relocated to the site, establishing itself in a number of shops along Chester Street.’ 

Ash Sakula, Curl La Tourelle Architects and Austin-Smith:Lord were all shortlisted for the project.

Ash Sakula previously completed a feasibility study, sketch design scheme and outline business case for the project.

Featherstone Young will now develop the scheme up to RIBA Stage 3 and prepare a planning application.

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