Milestone in performance venue works

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CONSTRUCTION work on Doncaster’s £20 million performance venue has reached a major milestone.

The steel structure of the building next to Sir Nigel Gresely Square in Waterdale has been completed, so passers-by can now see the building taking shape.

The venue, constructed with around 740 tonnes of steel, forms part of the first phase of the £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter.

The roof is now going on and a glass façade is being installed which will offer visitors unbroken views of the new square which was officially opened to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Ben Shearman, of Vinci Construction, said: “The completion of the steel frame is a significant milestone for the project.

“The project is progressing extremely well and we are confident it will be completed by spring of 2013.”

Once completed the building will be open seven days and will include a 600-seat main auditorium and a flexible performing space with 200 seats or 400 standing spaces, dance and drama studios as well as education spaces, a foyer and, bar

Mayor Peter Davies, said: “The new venue is really taking shape as the transformation of Waterdale continues.

“This imposing building will be the cultural heartbeat of the new quarter and complement our new square and the new civic offices. Doncaster is thriving with new developments, infrastructure projects and investment.”