New 1,000-seat Portobello arts hub proposed for west London
A new arts centre could be built in west London after a charity unveiled £10 million worth of plans for the area.
With a potential capacity of 1,000, the Portobello arts hub could stage theatre, live music, film screenings and events during Notting Hill carnival.
It is part of wider proposals for the area that would include the creation of an indoor market hall, as well as shops and studio spaces for businesses and community groups.
There are also plans for a new stage and grassed performance area in the Portobello Green park, along with new affordable housing – the proceeds from which will help fund the regeneration.
Angela McConville, chief executive of the Westway Trust regeneration charity behind the proposals, said the Portobello area had “unique appeal, as local people and the millions of visitors every year appreciate”.
She continued: “It is this character and distinctiveness that we want to preserve and celebrate in our proposals.
“We have listened to local people and their views are reflected in our plans to provide improved spaces to enhance the area’s cultural life and benefit the community as well as providing much needed affordable housing.”
The Gate Theatre is among local arts groups that have consulted with regeneration charity Westway Trust on the project.
Executive director Jo Royce said: “West London is a real hub for arts and culture, so the development of a new and vibrant space for creative talent, right in the heart of Portobello, feels very exciting.”
Plans for the new arts hub state an intention for it to retain the area’s “raw, urban character”.
Organisers are now looking to discuss with arts organisations how the centre might be run – and whether any companies may be interested in taking it on.
A planning application is expected to be submitted at the end of the year.
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