RHWL completes Doncaster Council's performance venue in UK
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RHWL completes Doncaster Council’s performance venue in UK

04 Sep 2013

Architecture firm RHWL has completed the design of a new £22m performance venue for Doncaster Council in the UK.

Cast venue

Architecture firm RHWL has completed the design of a new £22m performance venue for Doncaster Council in the UK.

The arts venue, dubbed Cast, will open on 6 September 2013.

Cast features a 1,200m² main space and a 620-seat proscenium arch theatre, which will be used for drama, comedy, musicals, dance and small scale opera.

The venue also features a 200-seated/300-standing, 615m² theatre, which is designed to be a second space for all uses from pop and rocks gigs to dance and drama.

The venue also features a 365m² education suite featuring dance and drama spaces and a meeting space.

RHWL said the studios are double height, with sprung and semi-sprung floors respectively, while the single height exhibition room opens up into the foyer to create an additional space for events.

The venue also features three café/bars and the exterior of the facility creates a link to the town’s public space.

RHWL arts team director Stewart King said the company’s aim was to create a venue that would suit a range of performers from drama, comedy, and musical theatre to live music gigs, smaller scale experimental theatre and host a variety of community and education projects.

"The venue has been partly inspired by Doncaster’s architecture and urban context but we also wanted to reflect the building’s purpose in its fabric, and connect its interior with the square outside to help make it accessible and welcoming," King said.

"The ‘toolbox’ design, distinctive performance spaces and high technical specifications mean that Doncaster now has a state-of-the-art, landmark venue that will attract performers from across the arts world to the town’s cultural quarter."

Sustainable features of the facility include natural ventilation, sun pipes to bring light into the building, a combined heat and power system, efficient water management and sustainably sourced materials.

The building is expected to secure BREEAM Very Good certification.

Grontmij served as the landscape architect for the project while Muse Developments was the developer and Vinci the main contractor.


Image: Cast arts venue features a 1,200m² main space and 620-seat proscenium arch theatre. Photo: Courtesy of RHWL.