Rotherham Center for the Performing Arts
The winning multidisciplinary team will develop a feasibility study and final report for the design of a new performing arts center in the center of historic South Yorkshire, which has seen its Rotherham Civic Theater temporarily closed due to the pandemic and is what will become the Capital of Children’s Culture in 2025.
The latest project is part of a larger and ongoing downtown renewal master plan that has seen work begins on a new mixed-use development at Forge Island by Faulknerbrown Architects. The £ 72,000 to £ 80,000 study will identify an appropriate mix of uses for the new arts venue and recommend its most suitable location. A summary of the final detailed design; a consultation program and cost estimate will also be provided.
According to the brief: “The Rotherham Civic Theater has historically attracted between 65,000 and 75,000 customers per year and enjoys 65-70% capacity during the year, including a well-supported panto of approximately 90% of its capacity. The current theater is located in a converted church building on Catherine Street, making it slightly outside of the city center and about a 15-minute walk from the train station and the bus interchange. The current building is nearing the end of its useful life and is in need of major repairs.
“Some cosmetic renovations will take place in the front areas of the house over the next few months ahead of the scheduled September reopening, but a major renovation to create the mix of performance and quality space of the auditorium, the rear of the house and stage management which is necessary for a modern and flexible performing arts supply would not be possible with the existing building. In consultation with elected members, the preferred option is to present plans for a new performing arts center located closer to major transport links that could also create an iconic gateway to the city center. ‘
Rotherham is a former large mining and steel town located immediately east of Sheffield in South Yorkshire. The largest metropolitan district of Rotherham – which includes several other outlying towns – is home to around 260,000 people.
Recent developments in the region include a new £ 40million Tesco store and Glenn Howells Architects’ Westgate demonstrator housing regime. Aedas also completed a new winning £ 8.5million station for Rotherham in 2012.
The latest research from a design team comes a year after Arup won a public tender to create an evidence-based investment plan outlining a range of options to drive economic growth and deliver better amenities in the ailing town center of Rotherham, which suffered from proximity to Sheffield’s Meadowhall Shopping Center.
WYG has been selected to create a initial master plan for the Rotherham center in 2017 following a public tender for the contract.
Bids for the execution of the last contract will be evaluated at 70% on quality, 20% on social value and 10% on cost. The deadline for submitting applications is July 29 at noon.
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