Additional funding confirmed for planned Scala arts centre development

Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer

Additional funding has now been confirmed for the proposed redevelopment of Worcester's Scala Theatre, taking the ambitious plans a step closer to becoming reality.

The proposals will transform the Angel Place area, attracting world-class arts, music, and comedy acts to Worcester, as well as giving a much-needed boost to local businesses. A planning application for the arts centre redevelopment is currently awaiting a decision.

The arts centre proposals are part of the Government's Future High Streets Fund (FHSF), which includes £3.5million of public realm improvements to Worcester city centre, many of which are already being enjoyed by residents.

Following Government approval, approximately £6 million has been reallocated from other elements of Worcester's original FHSF award, the majority coming from proposals to redevelop Trinity House, which are no longer being taken forward.

A report to the City Council's Policy and Resources Committee in December noted that the funding reallocation would still leave a shortfall of around £500,000 for the Scala redevelopment. The City Council hopes to bridge the gap by both public and private sector grants.

Councillor Chris Mitchell, Leader of Worcester City Council, said: "We are pleased that the City Council's request to reallocate some of the Future High Streets Fund grant has been approved by the Government, removing any major concerns around budget for the proposed Scala redevelopment. The new arts centre will be a fantastic addition to the city, and we now await a planning decision with great anticipation."

The city's Swan Theatre will continue to operate for community theatre groups for the foreseeable future, with Worcester Theatres set to add the proposed new Scala arts centre to their successful portfolio of venues.

View and make comments on the Scala planning application.

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