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Liverpool Everyman named building of year

22nd April 2014

Six North West buildings won RIBA North West Regional Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects in recognition of their architectural excellence.

The RIBA North West Regional Award winning buildings are: - Enterprise South Liverpool Academy, Liverpool by BDP - Everyman Theatre, Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins - Liverpool Central Library, Liverpool by Austin-Smith: Lord LLP - Manchester School of Art, Manchester by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios - Number One Riverside, Rochdale by FaulknerBrowns Architects - Trafford Town Hall, Trafford by 5plus Architects

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Fresh hope for Dudley Hippodrome as events firm submits business plan

20th April 2014

Entertainment company Events That Rok has followed up its initial interest in taking on the 1930s-built Hippodrome by tabling the proposal. It comes after council officials refused to re-enter talks over a business plan submitted by campaign group, the Friends of Dudley Hippodrome, after it was deemed unviable. Council bosses would not give further details on the new plan saying they were confidential at this stage.

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Yellow Brick Road arts company in bid to make Haymarket theatre creative hub

19th April 2014

A creative arts organisation has said it wants to make the heart of a long-vacant theatre beat again. The people behind Yellow Brick Road (YBR) have revealed themselves as the party chosen by the Leicester City Council to take on the Haymarket Theatre. Members of YBR have come forward following Mercury reports this week about the future of the building, which closed in 2007.

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Derby architect's vision to give Assembly Rooms a new lease of life

18th April 2014

Inspired by controversy over the future of the Assembly Rooms, a Derby architect has sketched a novel solution to improve the building without bulldozing it. Ian Goodwin, of Pick Everard, believes that knocking down the venue would be ruinously expensive, time-consuming and disruptive.

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Liverpool's FACT arts hub named one of the top five cinemas in the world

18th April 2014

Liverpool’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) has been named in the top five cinemas in the world. The cinema and arts hub on Wood Street, has been a cornerstone within the city for showcasing film, art, exhibitions and special events since 2003 and was named fourth best ‘movie theatre’ in the world in a new poll.

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Public works money could have salvaged Brighton's Hippodrome

18th April 2014

Tim Ridgway says we should be grateful for the proposed restoration of the Brighton Hippodrome, no matter how much the interior space will be compromised by conversion into a restaurant/cinema venue (The Argus, April 14). He says the money isn’t there to do it any other way.

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York Theatre Royal to receive a major upgrade

17th April 2014

Application: 14/00683/LBC & 14/00682/FULL

York City Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building and planning applications for the first phase of comprehensive internal and external alterations and improvements to the York Theatre Royal.

The Trust supports the proposal in principle because it aims to reorganise and upgrade the foyer, front-of-house areas and main auditorium within the York Theatre Royal to create a more sustainable and accessible theatre with enhanced facilities for both theatre audiences and performers.

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


Palace Theatre in Swansea set for £75,000 regeneration

17th April 2014

Swansea’s Palace Theatre, which was last year listed as one of the most endangered buildings in England and Wales, is set for a £75,000 regeneration. Local authority the City and County of Swansea has allocated the money to the Palace Theatre, which has most famously hosted performances from Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy, to “make the building safe”.

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The Theatres Trust strongly objects to Brighton Hippodrome redevelopment

17th April 2014

Application: BH2013/04348 & BH2013/04351

Brighton and Hove Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning and listed building applications for partial demolition, subdivision and alterations to the Brighton Hippodrome and neighbouring properties to create an eight screen cinema complex and four café / restaurant units.

In summary, the Trust objects to the applications because:

- It has not been sufficiently demonstrated that there is no alternative viable use which enables the Brighton Hippodrome to be used in its original form, that would either cause no harm or less harm to the significance of the building. The only obvious and legitimate way to test this would have been to undertaken a full marketing exercise;

- We do not believe the proposals will conserve the Brighton Hippodrome (a heritage asset) in a manner appropriate to its historical and theatrical significance because of the subdivision within its volume and the construction within the rear service yard;

- Furthermore, the Hippodrome will be lost to future generations because the changes outlined in the application will not be economically viable to reverse to its original state in order that it may be used as a theatre.

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Read the Trust’s 10 Key Objections

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


Ten days to go until Conference 14 Community Theatres

17th April 2014

As new ‘Community Rights’ give people more of a say on running their local communities, discover how your theatre can benefit.

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