Performing Arts building, Newcastle under Lyme

A proposal for a new performing arts building for Newcastle-under-Lyme college.

This scheme came to design review in August 2013 and proposed a 1625sqm performing arts building on the site. The panel were happy with the architecture of the proposed building and its scale. We were pleased to see that the building creates a good frontage to Knutton Road. However, they felt this quality of frontage should continue around the eastern and southern sides of the building. In evaluating this proposal, the panel felt the lack of a masterplan for the development of the college campus and indeed for this stretch of Knutton Road as a whole. Late twentieth-century development was not kind to the environment of this neighbourhood and as further change occurs there is a need for some ground-rules to encourage improvement. 

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