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International Architect Selection for Nottingham’s new creative village

  • Date: 17 February 2010
  • Area: Midlands

Dance4, the East Midland’s flagship dance organisation has embarked on the initial development stage of a new capital project, working title ‘Nottingham Creative Village’ (NCV). 

The vision for NCV is to create a centre of local, regional, national and international significance that provides world class facilities for Dance4 and the creative industries. A 21st Century workspace that will enable Nottingham to celebrate its creative heart on the international stage.
 
Working with Rotherham based capital development managers, Eye, Dance4 issued a public notice in October last year calling for architects to submit expressions of interest in designing the new space.
 
After being inundated with submissions, Dance4 have now selected five architects to present outline statements and designs for the project by 19 February. Whilst the selected architects are varied in practice size and backgrounds they each have inspiring ideas on the development of creative sector workspace.
 
The selected architects include:
 
Ash Sakula Architects, London
Previous projects include LCB Depot, Leicester and the award-winning Hothouse art centre in Hackney.
 
Internationally based District 6
A collaboration between architect Timothy Evans of Sheppard Robson architects London, film-maker Monty Whitebloom of bigtv. and choreographer Dr Lea Anderson MBE, Artistic Director of the Chromondelays and The Featherstonehaughs.
 
Group A, Rotterdam
Projects include the National Museum, Oslo and the award winning Caballero Fabriek, Den Hagg.
 
Ian Ritchie Architects, London
Previous projects include the RSC Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Plymouth Theatre Royal Production Centre TR2.
 
Malcolm Fraser Architects, Edinburgh
Previous projects include the award winning Dance Base, Edinburgh, Dance City in Newcastle and the new Scottish Ballet facilities at The Tramway in Glasgow.

Paul Russ, Chief Executive / Artistic Director of Dance4 says: “We are very excited and inspired by each of the five selected architects, whose previous work has led to the development of inspiring buildings. We are looking forward to receiving the submissions and selecting an architect to design this pivotal development at the heart of the regeneration of the East side of Nottingham.”

The chosen architect will be announced early in March 2010. The NCV project is supported by Nottingham City Council. Funding for this phase of development has been awarded by Greater Nottingham Partnership and Arts Council England.

Please visit the Dance4 website for details of the project's current status.