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Revealed: bold visions to renew Bradford's Odeon

6th February 2014

Bradford Council has received three formal bids from teams vying to regenerate the city’s abandoned Odeon cinema. The most audacious vision for the empty 1930 landmark, which was almost flattened to make way for a Carey Jones Architects-designed office development, comes from Saltaire-based Rance Booth Smith Architects.

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'Traumatised' family sue over injuries from Apollo Theatre collapse in London's West End

6th February 2014

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Traumatised’ family sue over injuries from Apollo Theatre collapse in London’s West End
Published: 6 February 2014


Minister unveils details of specialist planning court

6th February 2014

The planning court is one of the measures proposed in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, published yesterday by justice minister Chris Grayling. It will employ specialist judges to deal with disputed schemes, who will work to fixed time limits. In September, the Ministry of Justice launched a consultation on its proposals to reform and speed up the judicial review process, which it said had “expanded massively” in recent years. A decision to set up the planning court was confirmed in the National Infrastructure Plan and Autumn Statement in early December.

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Jestico + Whiles wins go-ahead for Southwark town hall overhaul and rehousing for Theatre Peckham

6th February 2014

Jestico + Whiles has won planning for the conversion of Southwark town hall into 149 student flats. The 7,850m² scheme in Peckham Road, south London also includes a ‘contemporary sky lounge’ for students, gallery space, café and 12 artists studios. Backed by Alumno Developments, the project will see the existing Theatre Peckham moved out of its soon-to-be-demolished home – a former community hall attached to the north wing of the town hall – and rehoused in a new 200-seat facility set within a new public piazza.

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New £4m Cumbernauld theatre to be centre stage at school

5th February 2014

Read more at Evening Times And Cumbernauld Theatre
New £4m Cumbernauld theatre to be centre stage at school
Published: 5 February 2014


Event: Earth Hour 29 Mar 14

5th February 2014

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is helping to build a brighter future by supporting WWF’s Earth Hour, a spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world’s attention on our planet, and the need to protect it.

On 29 March, at 8.30pm, ATG’s portfolio of 40 venues will be joining forces with thousands of iconic landmarks globally, from Times Square to the Eiffel Tower, as they show their support for our brilliant world. Earth Hour’s unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of individuals coming together each year.

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Hinckley's Regent theatre: Investor sought for auditorium plan

5th February 2014

Campaigners are seeking an investor to bring a 1920s Leicestershire theatre back into use. An application to raze Hinckley’s Regent theatre has been replaced with plans to demolish just the rear of the building, leaving its art deco facade. If they can find an investor, residents say they are “hopeful” the whole site can be saved, including the theatre’s 1,200-seat auditorium.

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Southbank Centre withholds Festival Wing in final search for alternative funding model

5th February 2014

Southbank Centre’s Board will withhold its planning application for the Festival Wing, following Mayor Boris Johnson’s statement (15 January 2014) that the skate park should be retained in its current position in any redevelopment. The Board will now undertake a final search for an alternative funding model to keep the widely supported Festival Wing redevelopment scheme alive, along with the promise of free art and culture for millions each year.

The Mayor has the final say in the planning process and the scheme is therefore unlikely to gain planning permission without the retention of the skate park. The Mayor made clear that he supports the overall ambition of the Festival Wing scheme and understands the funding challenges faced by Southbank Centre.

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Southbank Centre puts redevelopment application on hold after protests

5th February 2014

The Southbank Centre has put its planning application for a major redevelopment on hold for three months following a range of opposition. Mayor of London Boris Johnson intervened recently to say he could not back the ‘Festival Wing’ development plans if they involved the loss of a space used by skateboarders under the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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Kings Theatre Southsea invites tenders for Feasibility Study/Business Evaluation

5th February 2014

The Kings Theatre, Southsea is inviting tenders for a feasibility study/business evaluation for the next stage of the its regeneration as a key regional theatre for South Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

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