A top entertainment venue in Milton Keynes is planning a £4million investment on a major new extension to its facilities.
The Stables in Wavendon has been earmarked £2million in National Lottery funding from Arts Council England but faces the gargantuan task of raising another £2million in matched funding.
The plans have been placed on The Stables’ website www.stables.org/Information/Building_Development/Building_Development and this evening (Wednesday) @StablesMK tweeted: “Just saw our development plans. Take a look and let us know what you think EXCITED!!!! Mark :)”
The plans concern the development of the Courtyard and the North End of the building.
A new flexible Courtyard Stage for concerts, conferences and education work is the centrepiece. It would have a capacity of 80-180 and could attract 11,000 more visitors each year.
There would be a three-storey extension on the north end of the building to accommodate a new recording studio, digital media suite and offices.
The venue also wants to extend the capacity of the popular café-bar and provide longer operating hours to service the second space audience.
The roof would get solar panels to reduce energy consumption and car parking would be improved and extended.
Peter Hall of Sansome Hall Architects, who worked on the Stables Theatre that opened in 2000 and the Stage 2 Development which opened in 2007, was engaged last year to work on this project, too.
If the plan is approved and gets the necessary funding, building work would start at the end of 2014 with a view to opening in the autumn of 2015, the venue’s website said.
The Stables says it is now embarking on approaches to trusts, foundations, businesses, customers and friends to support the capital appeal and invest in the future of The Stables.
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