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Iconic Ayr Civic theatre enjoys its final days

9th April 2010

One of Ayrshire’s most iconic buildings could be bulldozed within days. The Civic Theatre, which has stood in Ayr town centre for more than a century, is set to tumble. Asbestos has finally been removed from the building – meaning the green light for demolition. But Civic fans insist the famous old theatre doesn’t have to fall and South Ayrshire Council has been urged to backtrack on its decision to wipe out an institution.

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Child's design to front Oxford theatre

6th April 2010

An art installation designed by an Oxfordshire schoolgirl will be central to the new look of an Oxford theatre. The cycle parking piece will stand at the front of the Pegasus Theatre, in Magdalen Road, as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment.

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Bristol Old Vic awarded £5.3m by ACE for refurbishment

5th April 2010

Bristol Old Vic has been awarded £5.3 million by Arts Council England to help fund the long-planned refurbishment of its Theatre Royal home.

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Council may move into Swindon Mechanics' to do safety work

3rd April 2010

The latest twist in the Mechanics’ Institute saga could see Swindon Council take over the emergency safety work that owner Mathew Singh has so far failed to do. David Potter, director of planning and transport at the council, is proposing that the council step in and commission contractors to complete the dozens of jobs that were listed in an Urgent Works Notice given to Mr Singh last year.

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Funds raise curtain on new Seagull Theatre equipment

3rd April 2010

The Seagull Theatre and its volunteers have received a £920 boost towards the cost of new sound equipment. The money comes from Bill Mountford, UKIP councillor for Lowestoft South, who made the award as match-funding from his locality budget. It will make a major difference to the revitalised theatre, which reopened last year.

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New bid to knock down Brampton's old Playhouse

2nd April 2010

Plans to demolish Brampton’s crumbling playhouse and build five houses in its place have been resubmitted. Local objections prompted antiques dealer Martyn Watson to withdraw his plans to knock down the derelict theatre and build two two-bedroom houses and three one-bedroom flats.

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£60m retirement home planned for historic Stanford Hall

1st April 2010

Plans for a £60m luxury retirement village at Stanford Hall could get the go-ahead this week. The complex of 120 homes, a 70-bed care home, luxury spa and shops has already been given conditional approval by Rushcliffe Borough Council. But developer Chek Whyte is awaiting a final decision on his proposals from the Government Office for the East Midlands on Friday.

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Back to the future at the Swindon Mechanics'

1st April 2010

What next for arguably Swindon’s most important building? As arguments over the fate of Swindon’s historic Mechanics’ Institute hit the headlines again, we talk to Daniel Rose, chairman of the New Mechanics’ Preservation Trust Limited, about their plans for the building – and dispel some of the myths surrounding it.

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Plans for Hornsey Town Hall unveiled

1st April 2010

Plans for the redevelopment of the iconic modernist Hornsey Town Hall have been made available to the public. The proposed arts centre to be housed within the Grade II listed building will include a theatre, studio space, cinema and roof-top garden. The “cultural hub” in the Town Hall building will reflect its use until 1980 as a concert hall.

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Blackpool to get multi-million pound revamp in a bid to boost tourism

1st April 2010

It’s the British seaside town that enjoyed its heyday in the 19th century and is now synonymous with sticky rock and ‘kiss me quick’ hats but now, thanks to a multimillion-pound revamp, Blackpool could once more become a tourism hotspot, or as one optimistic councillor suggested: “the most exciting resort in Europe”.

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