Troubled UK Arts Centre Nearing Completion

20 July 2010 (Last Updated July 20th, 2010 18:30)

The Colchester Arts Centre, UK, is expected to be complete in 2011 following the installation of a 40t glass façade. Designed by international architecture practice Rafael Viñoly Architects, the £26m ($39.6m) scheme features geometric curves to connect unusual roof and wall s

The Colchester Arts Centre, UK, is expected to be complete in 2011 following the installation of a 40t glass façade.

Designed by international architecture practice Rafael Viñoly Architects, the £26m ($39.6m) scheme features geometric curves to connect unusual roof and wall shapes, inclining 15° outwards whilst pivoting 5° on its own axis.

The glazed façade also incorporates the movements in the main steel support structures and features sliding and pivoted doors that allow access to the building.

The scheme, which began in 2006 with an initial budget of £13m ($19.8m) has faced massive delays as well as budget overruns and was originally due to be finished in 2007.

The project will receive £500,000 ($763,175) from Colchester Council, according to bdonline.co.uk.