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UK-GBC launches Pinpoint sustainability resources and tools

27th March 2013

Built environment professionals searching for information on sustainability can now do so using Pinpoint – the UK Green Building Council’s new free, easy to navigate and independent online platform which goes live today. The platform – currently the world’s only dedicated online search engine for sustainability resources in the built environment – allows users to search for information on how to make their projects, products or organisations more sustainable.

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Informal Hearing for residential use adjacent to the London Palladium

27th March 2013

Appeal Ref: APP/X5990/A/12/2187787

An Informal Hearing was held on 13 March 2013 at the City of Westminster Council for the refusal of a planning application (ref.:12/02344/FULL, below) for proposed residential use adjoining the London Palladium. The Planning Inspectorate dismissed the appeal. Read the decision

The Theatres Trust objected to the application because it believes that having residential accommodation in such close proximity to a theatre, particularly the get-in, is undesirable and will ultimately cause issues for the theatre in the future. Noise and disruption from the theatre will negatively impact on adjoining residents which in turn can cause operational difficulties and potential closure.

Mitigation measures in the form of conditions submitted with this application are limited. The Trust would oppose any application for private residential use next to a theatre.

Theatres Trust Trustee, Oliver Goodwin, a Planning Lawyer, spoke against the appellants referring to other theatre cases, the National Planning Policy Framework and highlighting flaws in the suggested conditions.

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Charcoalblue collaborates on visionary 'recyclable' performance venue The Shed

25th March 2013

Venue consultancy Charcoalblue has worked with long-term collaborators Haworth Tompkins Architects, in close association with the National Theatre’s directors and in-house teams, to design an intimate, exciting, low-energy and sustainable temporary theatre on London’s South Bank: The Shed.

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In Pictures: Rowena Cade's Minack theatre

24th March 2013

Rowena Cade, who died 30 years ago this week, discovered the Minack headland in west Cornwall and bought it for £100.

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Curtain up on restaurant at Crewe Lyceum Theatre

23rd March 2013

The evolution of Crewe Lyceum has continued with the opening of the theatre’s restaurant. For weeks, the team at operator HQ Theatres has worked hard to refresh and renew the premises and work on new menus.

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Blog: Happy Birthday to the National Planning Policy Framework(NPPF)

23rd March 2013

Congratulations to the NPPF as it celebrates its one year birthday on the 27th March 2013. In what has been a challenging year for those dealing with shaping and implementing planning policy, it is opportune to examine its impact thus far. This blog post focusses on the Good, the Bad and the Nonsensical.


Audit report criticises DCAL for capital theatre project overspends

23rd March 2013

The audit office has criticised the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) for allowing multi-million pound building projects to go over budget. The four Belfast arts projects were the Grand Opera House, the Crescent Arts Centre, Lyric Theatre and the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC).

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Taunton Brewhouse Theatre rescue business plan goes on display

23rd March 2013

Plans to reopen the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton have gone on display. The Tone Theatre Association has been set up by Independent councillors Eddie Gaines and Steve Ross to develop the building into a community arts hub. The association’s business plan is due to be submitted to the theatre’s administrators next month and residents have been asked for their views.

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Blog: NT's Shed, a new, temporary and recyclable theatre

22nd March 2013

What a brilliant splash of red this new temporary theatre makes. Called The Shed, it is being opened as part of London’s National Theatre and is going to be there for a year as renovations of the main space take place. No doubt it will take longer, as renovations always do, but in recognition of its one-year lifespan the National is trying to ensure that the space is as low-energy, sustainable and recyclable as possible.

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Islington's Precinct Theatre needs 'angel' to provide ‘sanctuary for kids’ as theatre group faces eviction

22nd March 2013

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor Joseph Marcelle, who played butler Geoffrey in the hit US sitcom and Phyllida Lloyd, director of Oscar-winning The Iron Lady and the worldwide Abba-based hit Mamma Mia! have added their support to a threatened youth theatre group on the Packington estate in Islington.

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