The go-ahead has been given for a £25m Arts and Entertainment Centre
The new theatre will be bigger than the current civic centre for Aylesbury and will offer more flexibility for users. The 1,200 seat main hall will also be able to accommodate an audience of up to 2,000 for standing events such as rock and pop concerts. The second space at the venue has been designed for smaller productions, conferences, workshops and community use. The architectural design has been inspired by the Chiltern Hills and surrounding woodland areas. Timber columns and fins will be used on the exterior of the building and the undulating rood. A sculpted slate plinth which rises and falls will be wrapped around the building. It is being proposed that poster panels, seating areas and lighting will run along the length of the plinth. Outside of the theatre a new pedestrian bridge across Bear Brook, with new landscaping has been designed. Work on site for the venue could begin as early as the spring of 2007.
Architects Arts Team is part of RHWL.
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