Milestone for theatre as steel work is completed

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THIS is the shape of things to come for theatregoers in Doncaster.

The steel structure of the new £20 million performance venue next to Sir Nigel Gresely Square has been completed, so passers-by can now see the building taking shape.

The venue forms part of the first phase of the Civic and Cultural Quarter, which is redeveloping Waterdale in Doncaster’s town centre.

The venue is constructed around 740 tonnes of steelwork.

The roof is now going on and a glass façade is being installed which will offer visitors unbroken views of the new public square.

Ben Shearman, senior project manager or Vinci Construction, said: “The completion of the steel frame is a significant milestone for the project. The project is progressing extremely well and we are confident it will be completed by spring of 2013.”

Keith Shivers, northern regional director for the firm, said: “Once completed, the cutting-edge performance venue will provide a cultural landmark for Doncaster and will be a key feature in the redevelopment of the region.

“The multi-purpose venue will not only attract local schools, shows and performers but will also facilitate exhibitions, conferences and workshops, boosting the local community.”

The modern building is intended to offer something for everyone with its multiple uses and facilities open during the day and into the evening.

It includes a 600-seat main auditorium and a flexible performing space with 200 seats or 400 standing spaces.

There will be dance and drama studios, education spaces, foyer, bar, box office, dressing rooms, circulation and ancillary spaces and a café.

The first element of the Waterdale redevelopment opened early last month, when the public square was completed.

It was finished off with the unveiling of a public art centrepiece which used children’s pictures to depict important elements of Doncaster’s history.

Work is also continuing on new council officers at the site.