Warwick Arts Centre gets £4.2m for refurb project
A major redevelopment of Warwick Arts Centre intended to turn it into the “creative centre for the region” has been awarded £4.2 million.
The National Lottery funding, from Arts Council England, kick-starts the second phase of the Warwick 20:20 Project, which will begin construction in October.
It comprises the demolition of current buildings to make way for a new structure that will house three new digital auditoria and a large gallery.
The digital auditoria will function as cinemas but will also host live performances such as comedy and children’s shows.
The new building has been designed to be a creative hub for performances, exhibitions and digital art, and will be fully accessible and environmentally sustainable.
Phase one of the project redeveloped the arts centre’s existing foyers and theatres, which are due to reopen in July, ahead of the start of the next phase of building works.
The redevelopment is due to be completed in 2020, ahead of nearby Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture in 2021.
The project is also due to receive funding from chancellor Philip Hammond’s Midlands Engine investment strategy, which is putting £392 million into the region. However, the amount is yet to be determined.