WORCESTER’s new Scala arts venue is potentially a step closer with the submission of a planning application for the site.
Council chiefs believe the proposals are an illustration of ‘an ambitious vision for a new performance and creativity hub in the city’.
City council bosses have drawn up a revised scheme to revive the historic Scala and Corn Exchange buildings in Angel Street.
This follows extensive consultation with stakeholders in Worcester’s arts and creative communities.
The project is set to be funded with part of the city’s £17.9million share of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.
Worcester residents can take a look at the plans at www.worcester.gov.uk/planning – search for application 24/00006/FUL.
City Council joint leader Councillor Lynn Denham said:
“These plans set out a vision to refurbish these lovely old buildings into a multi-use arts and performance venue.
“We have worked with arts organisations to create a new hub for film screenings, live performance, dance, rehearsals and more.”
Joint leader Coun Marjory Bisset added:
“These new plans for the Scala and Corn Exchange buildings have come directly from our recent independently led stakeholder consultation.
“This helped to identify opportunities to improve the range of Worcester’s current arts facilities.
“I’m delighted to say we’re now in a position to make use of those insights.
“We hope to create a venue which will attract new audiences and allow arts and entertainment to thrive in Worcester.”
The plans, prepared by architects Burrell Foley Fischer, set out proposals to revamp the two historic buildings.
It includes a live performance area with flexible seating, screening studio, and a flexible space for rehearsals and dance performances. In addition, the new venue will provide a new café, bar and dining area and gallery space.
The City Council has worked with seven local arts organisations to prepare the plans.
Among those involved are Severn Arts; Dancefest and Mobilise Arts, a Worcestershire-based inclusive arts organisation.
Additionally, C&T applied theatre practitioners, technologists, web designers and teachers; The Kiln and community cinema operator Vestan have also given input.
They will continue to play a part as plans for the management and operation of the new venue evolve.
The application is open for public comment now at www.worcester.gov.uk/planning.