The Theatres Trust

Research report: The economic, social and cultural impact of the City arts and culture cluster

21st January 2013

Drawing on data provided by a range of arts and culture organisations, based in the City, the report highlights the substantial economic contribution made by the City’s world leading arts and culture institutions, showing that the cluster generated a net contribution of £225 million in GVA and supported 6,700 full-time-equivalent jobs in the City.

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Loss of Wandsworth's Wiston Road Institute

21st January 2013

Application: 2012/5776

The London Borough of Wandsworth has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above application for the demolition of buildings in the northern part of the site and erection of 3 x three-storey, plus basement level, 5-bedroom houses with associated amenity space and garden studio buildings; retention of frontage and courtyard building in the southern part of the site and their extension and alteration, including construction of dormer windows and provision of balconies/terraces, and their change of use into 6 new dwellings; provision of 10 off-street car parking spaces and associated cycle parking. This site involves the loss of the Wiston Road Institute.

The Theatres Trust did not oppose the application provided the Council had enough evidence and is satisfied that the Institute building is surplus for cultural and community requirements within the catchment area. Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number, then click search.


Removal of Conditions at Chatham’s Theatre Royal

21st January 2013

Application: MC/12/2792

Medway Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above application for the removal of conditions 22, 23 and 24 of application MC/11/1227 at 102-106 High Street Chatham (related to renovation works to the remaining Theatre Royal building and adjacent former Bank Chambers and the construction of 26no. new dwelling units to the rear of the remaining Theatre Royal building).

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response.

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number, then click search.


New UNESCO study of the economic contribution of the cultural industries

18th January 2013

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is currently trying to establish new guidelines for measuring the economic contribution of culture, especially in emerging economies where data and resources may be limited. As part of this effort, it is publishing a series of handbooks looking at the concepts set out in the 2009 UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics.

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Architect to build £5.7 million creative arts building in Norfolk to supplement 250-seat theatre

18th January 2013

BDP has recently been granted planning consent for a creative arts building at City College Norwich in Norfolk. The building will be situated at the southern end of the college’s main Ipswich Road campus, on the site of the former West Lodge accommodation block.

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Petition launched to save Weymouth Pavilion

18th January 2013

A petition has been launched to try to extend the time local groups have to submit a proposal for running Weymouth Pavilion Theatre. The building is under threat of closure and possibly demolition and the council has invited voluntary and private groups to submit business plans for the building, while its own proposals for demolition were being put out to public consultation.

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Lyric Belfast up for 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award

17th January 2013

The RIBA has nominated 11 projects to the European Union Commission for the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award David Chipperfield’s Hepworth Wakefield, Populous’ Olympic Stadium, O’Donnell & Tuomey’s Lyric Theatre in Belfast and OMA’s Maggie’s Centre in Gartnavel and its New Court in London, on which it worked with Allies and Morrison, also made the cut.

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Matthews Yard, ‘First wholly crowd-funded’ theatre to open in Croydon

17th January 2013

A new fringe studio theatre in south London, which is claimed to be the first financed entirely from crowd-funding, is to open this spring. Matthews Yard in Croydon has raised nearly £8,000 in just over a month through online pledge system Kickstarter to put towards a new performance space.

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Community passion saves Coventry's Butts Theatre

17th January 2013

More than 80 volunteers have helped restore a Coventry theatre to its 1930s glory ahead of its reopening next month. David Meredith, chairman of a trust set up to save the old Butts Theatre, said: “There’s been so much passion for it. We have people of all generations, old and young, who have done so much and carried out so much work.” The volunteers, including a team of electricians who have completed an estimated £30,000 of work, began restoring the theatre last summer.

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ORMS reveals plans for underground arena behind Centre Point London

16th January 2013

ORMS has submitted plans for an 800-seat underground venue behind London’s world famous music hotspot Denmark Street. The studio proposes transforming the 0.4 hectare St Giles Circus site next to Centre Point – currently used for Crossrail tunnelling – into a mixed-use development which will pays tribute to the area’s rock, jazz and pop heritage. Plans were submitted to local authority Camden Council.

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