North East UK news Sunderland's new £11m auditorium receives £80,000 grant boost MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Sunderland's Fire Station Auditorium is due to open in 2021 and will be run by Sunderland Culture
Breaking News ! A new £11m auditorium in Sunderland city centre has been awarded an £80,000 grant from a national charity. Sunderland's Fire Station Auditorium is being built on High Street West, near to The Empire and adjacent to The Fire Station. It was completely transformed from a derelict Edwardian fire station into a vibrant arts and culture venue thanks to a £2.5m National Heritage Lottery grant. And now the Wolfson Foundation has given £80,000 to the project which will be spent on the Auditorium’s retractable seating. MAC Trust auditorium The Foundation is an independent, grant-making charity, which has given more than £900 million in grants (£1.9 billion in real terms) to more than 11,000 projects throughout the country. Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation said: "We are delighted to be funding another exciting project in the North East, and very much admire the ambition of the project - which is highly significant for the people of Sunderland and beyond.
." The Auditorium is due to open in 2021 and will be run by Sunderland Culture, the city-wide organisation established by the MAC Trust, the City Council and the University of Sunderland. It already operates a number of the city’s key cultural venues including the National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.
The auditorium is being built on High Street West
Paul Callaghan, Chair of the MAC Trust, said: "We’re delighted the Wolfson Foundation is supporting the Fire Station Auditorium project. "This is a game-changing development for Sunderland that will bring a new cultural offer to people of all ages and is already acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of this part of the city.
"The Foundation always promotes ‘excellence’ in the areas that it funds and we are pleased and honoured that our project meets its high standards and it has decided to support us here in Sunderland." The MAC Trust has won the funding from the Wolfson Foundation as part of its drive to create a £18m cultural quarter centred around the 110-year-old building that has also transformed the neighbouring Dun Cow and the Peacock pubs as part of the project. The £11m Auditorium is the MAC Trust’s next phase, a 450-seater auditorium designed by award-winning architect Jason Flanagan and being delivered by Sunderland-based construction company, Brims.
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