From the inception of the project, Arup’s venue planning specialists worked with the Centre for Contemporary Art to develop the brief.
The new building was designed to host a wide range of art forms, including performance-based work with demanding audio and video requirements. The technical infrastructure was designed to be expandable to cope with future demands.
The building includes two theatres. One is primarily a space for visual art and film, and the second is a fully flexible theatre space with flexible seating and variable acoustics.Access to overhead technical equipment is provided by a tension wire grid.
The CCA is a vibrant meeting place and supports a number of tenants, including writers’ groups, musicians and film makers.
The project received the 2001 Dynamic Place Award, a 2002 Civic Trust Award and a 2002 RIBA Award.