Leicester City Council have described the Performing Arts Centre as “the biggest single, city council project in living memory”.
Similarly, the Arts Council have described the new centre as ‘one of the most significant theatre developments taking place in the UK today’.
The multi-million pound centre, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, is due to open to the public in 2007, and the plans were fully revealed earlier this year. The building will be finished in autumn 2007 but then it will be handed over to the operators - Leicester Theatre Trust.
|Work on the PAC started on 20 June.|
There will then be a period of fitting out with specialist equipment which will allow a theatre company to establish itself in the centre before opening its doors to the public early in 2008.
The stunning glass-fronted building will feature two auditoria seating these are 750 in main auditorium, 350 in the smaller auditorium giving total capacity of 1,100 or 1,000 if the two auditoria are used together.
But all this hype begs the question for most people - what exactly is going to be there? Read on to find out...
Projects that have already been completed, or are planned or being considered within the cultural quarter, include:
• a film and media centre, which would establish a regional film theatre in Leicester providing support for film makers and production companies. It will not be part of the PAC but will be housed in a different building
• a contemporary visual arts centre, offering increased space for major contemporary and touring exhibition.
dedicated spaces for education and community work and support for young and emerging artists
• a new music venue
• creative production facilities, including studio space for visual artists, commercial workspace for creative technology, broadcasting and media organisations and subsidised office space for the city’s ‘not for profit’ arts organisations
• Environmental improvements, including signage, landscaping works, public art and the development of public spaces.