We won this major European competition in April 1998. There followed immediately an extensive and very enjoyable exercise in public consultation, resulting in a detailed submission to the Arts Council. The project is a very intricate rebuilding of the largest arts building outside London, comprising the Wessex Hall, the home of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Towngate Theatre, an arts cinema, a large gallery space, studios for craft and design activity, cafes, bars and extensive backstage accommodation. The foyers have been entirely reformed within the concrete frame and various acoustic interventions have been made in the auditoria.

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