23rd November 2007

 

Performing arts centre opens

 

Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Professor David Eastwood, today praised the University of Lincoln for its vision in creating the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC). He made the comments during his speech to a specially invited audience, prior to unveiling the official plaque at LPAC.

 

“This is a fascinating building and is particularly exciting for the University of Lincoln. Importantly, it symbolises the commitment to making the University grow and be part of the community, contributing to the transformation of the city, the region and the sub-region,” said Professor Eastwood.

 

“I’m sure this facility will be valued by staff, students and the local community.”

 

The Centre was designed by UL Architects, the University’s RIBA architectural practice and has one of the largest stages in the East Midlands with the capacity to seat up to 650 people. As well as offering students and staff a state-of-the-art fresh and innovative environment it also offers cinema facilities, and will provide conference and exhibition space for the University and businesses.

 

The Head of the University’s Lincoln School of Performing Arts, Professor Michael Earley, said: “We consulted people from many nationally acclaimed performing arts organisations to find out what they need from a building and responded to what they said. Everything here is geared up to enable our students to work in an environment which will give them a head start when they go into work.

 

“The facilities which will be open to the public will really offer the people of Lincoln something special.”

 

LPAC is home to the University’s School of Performing Arts but is also an arts and conference centre to benefit the community. £6 million has been invested into LPAC from local authorities, Regional Development Agencies and HEFCE.

 

A special gala evening will celebrate the official launch of LPAC on 20 January.

 

 

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