Scottish Ballet a step closer to new HQ

Tramway project further boosted by additional funding pledges. Words: Allan Radcliffe

The proposals for Scottish Ballet’s state-of-the-art new home at Tramway have been given the green light by Glasgow City Council’s Planning Committee. Meanwhile, the Scottish Arts Council’s announcement of a £3.75m National Lottery Grant, together with the commitment of up to £2m from the Scottish Executive and additional funding from Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and Glasgow City Council means the project has already secured £7.5m towards the total £11m costs.

Cindy Sughrue, Executive Producer of Scottish Ballet, welcomed the council’s decision and the funding announcement. ‘This is an important day for Scottish Ballet and it takes us a step closer to realising our ambition to create a fitting home for the company.’

The company plans to build its new premises on an unused part of the existing Tramway site and by renovating sections of the existing building. The new premises have been designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects, the firm behind such highly regarded arts buildings as Dance Base in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, and the Scottish Storytelling Centre, which has been shortlisted for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s (RIAS) 2006 Andrew Doolan award for the Best Building in Scotland. The building will feature three large rehearsal studios, health and fitness areas as well as dance studios and an education suite, intended to allow the company to reach out to the wider dance community and provide community educational facilities across the spectrum of dance and performance.

‘We are very excited about the potential for the future as the bespoke building will create a platform from which Scottish Ballet can fulfil its potential in so many different ways,’ says Sughrue. ‘Tramway is a leading arts venue in Glasgow’s inner city and placing a large-scale producing company within a dynamic international arts centre and community resource will create a range of opportunities.’

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