Top awards for Doncaster’s new theatre and church

Cast, Doncaster's new theatre.
Cast, Doncaster's new theatre.
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Two of Doncaster’s newest public buildings have scored a double success at the prestigious Local Authority Building Control Excellence Awards.

Cast, Doncaster’s new performance venue, landed the Largest Commercial Project award and also received the accolade of being named Winner of Winners at the event.

King’s Cross Church in Hexthorpe won the top award in the Best Community Project category.

Cast, constructed of local reconstituted limestone and hand-crafted copper cladding, was designed by RHWL Architects and built by Vinci Construction. More than 60,000 people have attended performances since it opened to the public last September.

Cast is described as an important part of Doncaster’s £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter, which is transforming the Waterdale area of Doncaster town centre.

As the Winner of Winners, Cast will now be considered for Yorkshire’s nomination at the national finals. Last year, Doncaster’s new Civic Office building went forward to the national finals but missed out as national winner to The Shard in London.

King’s Cross Church was built to replace an old dilapidated Methodist church on Urban Road in Hexthorpe, with most of the building costs raised by its members.

It was designed and built by two Doncaster-based companies, architects Building Link Design, and Togel Contractors Ltd. More than 1,000 people were at the grand opening last June.

Coun Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, said: “This success at the LABC awards is excellent news and shows just what can be delivered when contractors work closely with the council’s Building Control team.

“King’s Cross Church is a wonderful example of a community project, while Cast is the cultural heartbeat of the Civic and Cultural Quarter which is helping to transform Doncaster’s town centre by stimulating new investment and attracting new visitors and business into the area.”

Graham Whitehead, head of marketing and communications at Cast, said: “Cast is an awe-inspiring building that continues to wow and intrigue the local community, and is already an important part of the Doncaster landscape.”