Hall for Cornwall gets £5m grant towards expansion and refurb

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Hall for Cornwall has been given £5 million from Arts Council England as it prepares to begin a major overhaul of the building.

The grant from ACE follows a £2 million pledge from central government announced during chancellor George Osborne’s budget speech in March.

The plans for the multimillion-pound redevelopment were unveiled earlier this year and include increasing the Truro-based venue’s auditorium by 300 seats, remodelling its front-of-house spaces and upgrading its technical capabilities, for modern audiences.

Chief executive Julien Boast described the funding boost as a “significant milestone” in realising the organisation’s ambitions to grow and develop. He added: “This is incredibly exciting news as we believe the people of Truro and Cornwall deserve access to the very best performing arts, to rival any city in the country.”

Hall for Cornwall must raise £18.3 million to complete the project, which it is hoped will be funded through both public and private grants. It is expected that work will not get underway until mid to late 2017, with construction taking 18 months.

ACE’s South West area director, Phil Gibby, said Hall for Cornwall played “an increasingly important role in the region” and would benefit from the redevelopment by becoming “more accessible, more resilient and more sustainable”.

It is thought that the theatre will also change its name as part of the process.