Warwick Arts Centre reveals plan for triple auditorium refurb
Warwick Arts Centre has revealed details of a major redevelopment, including the construction of three new HD digital auditoriums.
According to plans submitted to Coventry City Council, the existing building, which was built in 1974, will be renovated and a new building will be added.
As well as the three new digital spaces, which function as cinemas but can also host comedy, children’s shows and other digital work, the plans will add a ground floor gallery, a new foyer area and spaces for eating and drinking.
The new building, designed by Ellis Williams Architects, will aim to be environmentally sustainable and fully accessible.
Alan Rivett, director of Warwick Arts Centre, said: “For over 40 years we have continually evolved and adapted, ensuring that we have always been at the forefront of presenting the very best in arts and entertainment. Our commitment to our diverse audiences within Coventry and Warwickshire and further afield has always been at the heart of everything we do. The next three years will see exciting changes and by autumn 2020 we will be a much bigger and better Warwick Arts Centre.”
Under the Midlands Engine investment strategy announced by chancellor Philip Hammond earlier this month, which will inject £392 million into the region, Warwick Arts Centre is set to receive funding for the redevelopment.
The total cost for the redevelopment has not yet been announced.
If approved, the redevelopment will take three years with a completion date set for autumn 2020, but the building will remain open throughout the period. It will continue to provide a full programme of events, some of which will take place in a temporary theatre.
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