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Old August 1st, 2007, 05:52 PM   #1
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A stunning new building design by the world famous architect Rafael Vinoly. This is the flagship project at the moment for the Cultural Quarter, in the St George's area of the city.

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The complex has a website here, where you can view the latest updates on construction work.

The centre was officially named CURVE on 28/01/2008.

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I think these pictures help to show the PAC in its glory

This picture shows the actual scale of the project and how big the PAC will actually be:


This picture shows the most up-to-date look of the PAC


If anyone has any latest shots or inside pictures please post, I would love to see
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 01:10 AM   #3
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Wow the cladding looks really classy. It would have been nice if they could have incorporated something onto the roof. A rooftop garden maybe would look nice.
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nice building shame about the content

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no the buildings crap as well

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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:29 AM   #6
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Surely the car park next door will at the minimum be recladded? It detracts from the lovely frontage.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:33 AM   #7
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Surely the car park next door will at the minimum be recladded? It detracts from the lovely frontage.
Good point, it doesn't do any favours to the PAC at all. This is one of the problems I have with our council. They don't seem to know how to best promote our city, through presentation.

They should have a word with the car park owners well in advance of the opening of the theatre complex, to resolve this matter.

You can guarantee nothing will happen of course!
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 08:50 PM   #8
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New Squarearound PAC (today's Leicester Mercury)

Pedestrianisation and new square near PAC (already posted in Leicester thread):

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PUTTING THEIR ARTS INTO QUARTER

BY JENNY CORNISH
CHIEF POLITICAL REPORTER

10:30 - 02 August 2007

Work is under way to transform the streets around Leicester's new Performing Arts Centre to create the city's cultural quarter.

The area needs smartening up in time for the opening of the theatre which will take place in summer 2008.

Streets and pavements are to be re-done, trees will be planted and new lighting installed along with new seating areas.

The work in Halford Street includes pedestrianising the area between Charles Street and Yeoman Street.

A public square will also be created outside the Performing Arts Centre and Athena.

Sangita Karelia, cultural quarter programme manager for the city council, said: "There will be trees planted and seating in there. There will be more of an artistic feel.

"We've also commissioned artists to do bespoke pieces of public art.

"There will be a ribbon thread running though the streets directing people through the quarter.

"We're using the pink and grey granite from the city centre works but the lighting will be different.

"We want to really set this area out with its own cultural identity. There will be a Performing Arts Square - we want to use it as an open space for people to use.

"If there are cultural festivals and events, that space can be used as a showcase."

The council is hoping the St George's area will become one of the city's most important destinations for visitors.

The aim is to integrate the area into the rest of the city and give it a strong character of its own.

At its heart will be the Performing Arts Centre, the £59 million theatre designed by award-winning architect Rafael Vinoly.

The centre will be handed over to Leicester Theatre Trust next spring and the first production is due to take place in autumn 2008.

The large auditorium will seat 750 people, while a 350-seat theatre will also provide a versatile smaller space.

Also included in the cultural quarter will be a digital media centre, which aims to help replace the Phoenix Arts.

The complex will be built on land off Midland Street and Nichols Street, and will include three screens, which will have 224 seats, 126 seats and 36 seats respectively.

There will also be a "digital experimentation space", called the Cube, plus a cafe and bar.

The first part of the cultural quarter to materialise was the Leicester Creative Business Depot, which opened in Rutland Street in 2004 as the home of the city's creative businesses.
Leicester Mercury website, 2nd August, 2007
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 09:39 PM   #9
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Excellent news this, an open space around the PAC in the form of a Square is much needed. The Council have definately hit the mark with this idea. I think the streets are in need of smarterning up and pedestrianising the area between Charles Street and Yeoman Street is the best way to integrate the PAC with the rest of the city.

I have aso written to the PAC encourage positive advertisement and comending them on a good strategy for the area http://www.leicesterpac.co.uk/contact-us
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That's good .

Now that the Chares Street end of Halford Street is pedestrianised; work will hopefully start soon on converting the old Norwich union building into the proposed hotel.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 09:47 PM   #11
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Personally I cant wait for the square to be developed, hopefully it will be lined by threaters on each side! A bit like Leicester Square in London You already have PAC and Athena on one side of the square
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Personally I cant wait for the square to be developed, hopefully it will be lined by threaters on each side! A bit like Leicester Square in London You already have PAC and Athena on one side of the square
Personally I wouldn't like to be surrounded by 'threaters', maybe theatres though! -only joking.

I also think it could be Leicester's own Leicester Square (what a mouth full!), plus with the DMC nearby.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 09:01 PM   #13
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I recently wrote to Stella McCabe, Mrkting & Comms Dir of Leicester Theatre Trust. To ensure that the streets and spaces was well integrated to the City and ensure positive advertisement of the new Centre

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Thank you very much for your recent comments and apologies for the delay in replying. I will pass your comments regarding streets and lighting to Leicester City Council.

We are hoping to increase our digital, promotional presence and so hope very much it won’t be too long before you see the sort of displays you referred to in your email. It is a particularly good idea to have such signage close to the station and we are investigating appropriate sights.

Thank you very much for your interest in the performing arts centre and I look forward to welcoming you to the new building next year.


All best

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Stella McCabe
Marketing and Communication Director
Direct line: 0116 2423814
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Old August 13th, 2007, 08:41 PM   #14
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Heres something even more interesting, The name "Performing Arts Centre" is just a temporary name!

Any ideas on what it should be called?

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Thanks very much for your thoughts. The Leicester City Council
adopted the Performing Arts Centre as a working title for the new
theatre, they are currently in the process of deciding what its actual
name should be. The comments you make here have been discussed as part
of that process, we hope to have the actual name for the building
during
the autumn of this year.

Many thanks again for your interest in the performing arts centre.

All best
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Old August 14th, 2007, 08:28 AM   #15
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I think your responses from Stella are merely polite.

The likelihood is that the theatre will be sponsored and this will be reflected in its name - in the same way the Sage theatre on the Tyne is. There is a preferred name - or sponsor - I'm pretty sure the ink was dry before the Labour administration took over in May.

The street and spaces debate regarding the area around the theatre took place at the back end of last year and my contact had many an arguement in trying to get the whole area padestrianised - and failed.
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The likelihood is that the theatre will be sponsored and this will be reflected in its name -
Well, I for one look forward to visiting the Walkers Cheesy Doritos Theatre.
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That's one one company I hope it's not named after!
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Not sure if the link will work, but if it does it's Rafael Viñoly initial concept video


http://www.rvapc.com/Authoring/Image...43_tmp2152.mov
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Old August 15th, 2007, 02:26 PM   #20
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Just to let you know, what I suggested to Stella McCabe, to ensure that the "PAC" was well signposted from a county wide area (like the National Space Cen), good use of lighting and Streets and Spaces: helping to ensure that the PAC was accessible and that part of the city was integrated with the rest of the city centre - as seamlessly as possible.

Also with the Digital Arts Media building and the Athena being there this is really gone help the regeneration of that corner of the city centre.

For advertising - I suggested having digital advertising boards, located at the train station, main streets and in the city centre and within arts related buildings. Showing what’s on and when.

For something that costs £50+ million, we don’t want to be another Millennium Dome!
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