Construction work to expand the theatre and dance studio facilities at Déda in Derby's Cathedral Quarter is on track to start in June 2014, according to Director Stephen Munn.
Artist's impressions of the new £412,000 facilities have been released by the appointed architects, Pick Everard in Queen Street.
They show the new atrium which will link the existing building in Chapel Street with new performance and conference facilities, which will be built on a site which is currently part of the neighbouring Queen's Leisure Centre.
Funding for the project has been raised through a combination of a £282,000 grant from the Arts Council, Déda cash reserves, charitable trusts and foundations and support from the University of Derby.
The capital project is due for completion in Summer 2014 and will herald the beginning of a new partnership between Déda, which is one of the UK's leading dance houses, and the University with the launch of the city's first BA Honours Degree in Dance starting in September 2014.
Déda Director Stephen Munn said: "With the funding in place and detailed plans and images of the new facilities being drawn up, we are gearing up for the next exciting chapter in the life of the organisation.
"Recruitment of the first students on the Dance degree will begin after the course validation process is complete in November 2013.
"And we have also started planning an exciting new programme of world class performance for the larger refurbished theatre.
"The greater scope that these facilities will give us will firmly cement our position as the region's leading dance house and a centre of excellence for developing the skills of young people as part of our dance development programme.
"This expansion is therefore an important part of the organisation's future development as part of our overall strategy to play an even more important role in the cultural life of the city and county, whilst simultaneously reducing our reliance on funding from the public purse."
Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665; firstname.lastname@example.org
Note to Editors
Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.
With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.
Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.
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