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Birmingham Dance Hub plans approved by council

Architect's impression of Birmingham Dance Hub

Plans to build a new hub to support dance artists in Birmingham and the West Midlands have been given the go-ahead from planners.

Dance Hub Birmingham will be located on the site of Birmingham Hippodrome, as a rooftop extension to the existing structure.

The development is intended to provide production and administrative space for dance artists in the West Midlands and cultivate Birmingham as a centre for dance creation, as well as playing a community role.

The hub will comprise a large studio, as well as office space and meeting rooms.

It was awarded £5 million from Arts Council England in March [1], £3 million of which will be to develop production and administrative space for artists, with £2 million to support dance activity.

With planning permission now granted, work is due to commence early next year and will be competed in spring 2019.

Earlier this year, Monique Deletant, current director of London arts centre Stratford Circus, was announced as the first director of the dance hub [2].

She said: “I’m delighted that the plans for the new Dance Hub facility have been approved. The plans were developed in response to wider consultation with the dance sector and demonstrate a new wave of collaborative working which will continue to deepen and develop once the building opens its doors in 2019.”

It will be run by development organisation Culture Central and has been designed by architects Austin-Smith Lord.