Hall for Cornwall secures funding for major revamp
At a press briefing on 13 February, the Hall for Cornwall announced that it had received sufficient funding to go ahead with its planned major revamp of the building.
The project cost is £19.8m. To date, the Hall has raised just over £18m; nearly £15m has been secured from outside Cornwall. Funds have been secured from the following;
- Arts Council England: £5m
- Cornwall Council: £3.19m
- European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): £2.1m
- Heritage Lottery Fund: £2.85m
- HM Treasury: £2m
- Local Enterprise Partnership: £2m
- Trusts and Foundations/donations: £1m
£1.7 million is outstanding and this will be raised through a combination of private fundraising, crowdfunding and via trusts and foundations.
The new venue will:
- House a redesigned 3-tiered auditorium with increased seating capacity, improved sightlines, acoustics and comfort.
- Stage a diverse programme that will continue to bring the highest quality in touring shows from across the UK and overseas, balancing popular work and classics against creative risk taking and Cornish generated projects. Contemporary and classical music programming will be developed, as will opera and dance.
- Reveal the heritage story of the building through a Heritage Lottery Funded project that will conserve, restore and promote the building’s story and importance within Truro and Cornwall.
- Reinstate Boscawen Street entrance as the front entrance/foyer to the new theatre as well as the City Chamber.
- Create new bars and cafés on both sides of the building.
- Improve wheelchair access and choice of accessible seating and a Space to Change facility with a ceiling track hoist and adjustable adult-size changing bench; one of only a handful of facilities within Cornwall to offer this needed facility.
- Launch an ERDF & LEP funded Creative business hub in the Back Quay area of the building providing 1,156m of office, meeting and breakout spaces for HFC staff teams, resident companies, post-graduates and other creative industries.
- Create a public ‘Ope’ which will run through the building allowing public access between the new entrance foyer and Lemon Quay; offering behind the scenes glimpses into the daytime workings of an auditorium.
For further details, see Hall for Cornwall website.