Arts Team works on Doncaster performance venue

Doncaster Council has unveiled the plans for its £22.5m performance venue designed by Arts Team.

The architecture practice, which specialises in performing arts venues, is designing everything for the project, from structural elements to interiors.

The council says, ‘Detailed design work on the internal configuration is now under way.’

Arts Team says a glass-fronted design will give way to a glass entrance accessed from an adjoining public square, designed to showcase the internal aspects of the building.

A two-level, 600-seat auditorium will be the centrepiece of the complex and a second space for an audience of 200 seated or 400 standing will be built in. A third space has been designed for dance and drama studios, rooms for meetings, rehearsal and education.

Andrew Monk, project architect, describes the building as a ‘tool box’ comprising three distinct spaces which can be perceived externally.

The main auditorium will contain ‘rich materials’, says Monk, who adds, ‘We’ve referenced some of the traditional industries from the area, including coachbuilding, and used thick steel cables.’

It may be finished in a silver metallic material, according to Monk, who says the smaller performance area will be finished with a ‘robust brick feel’ and the rehearsal areas in copper – all of which can be seen through the glass.

The new venue has been developed in partnership with Doncaster College, the local voluntary arts sector and Arts Council England.

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