Ambitious proposals for Pyramid Arts Centre will cost nearly £5m


AMBITIOUS proposals for the modernisation of Warrington’s Pyramid Arts Centre – a Grade 2 Listed building – look set to go ahead at a cost of nearly £5 million.

Plans to revamp the building – formerly law courts and sports hall – are being recommended for approval when they go before the borough council’s development management committee.
The proposals involve alterations to the building both externally and internally.
Dating from 1897, the three-storey landmark building at the corner of Winmarleigh Street and Palmyra Square South, was converted to an exhibition space in 1989 and remodelled in 2002. It now comprises a performance space, office and function accommodation, a studio theatre and dance studio.
It is operated by charity Culture Warrington to provide arts and heritage events.

The £4.94 million cost of the project will be funded by central government.
The borough council’s conservation officer says overall, the proposals are acceptable with low impact.
“The works will maintain the historic and architectural significance of the building and wider character and appearance of the conservation area whilst providing increased functionality of the building as a public venue.”


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