PRESS RELEASE - 06/07/2010

Imminent Planning Committee decision on Derby Hippodrome
The Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust is delighted that the Council Officer’s Report to the 8 July meeting of the Planning Committee recommends rejection of the proposals to develop the Hippodrome site and adjacent car-park as a multi-storey car-park and residential
accommodation.

The Chair of the Trust, Joan Travis said: “The 80 page report finally rejects the proposals that would have destroyed the building as a theatre, and we are delighted that both English Heritage and the Theatres’ Trust will be sending representatives to the meeting.”

This leaves the way open for the rebuilding of the Hippodrome as the theatre the City needs, capable of receiving touring productions and staging performances by local theatrical groups. The DHRT have received internationally renowned expert advice on how the existing building can be revitalised as a 21st century space for the performing arts together with exciting developments at upper level above the original roof line to provide space for community use and income-earning possibilities.

These proposals are shown on the accompanying sketches of a section through the building and an impression of the entrance looking up Green Lane. The Hippodrome with the auditorium restored to its original glory will seat an audience of around 1200 in an up-to-date configuration of seats to suit modern standards; likewise, the fly-tower and staging will be upgraded. All theatres need upgrading from time to time, whether in constant use or not; for example, the Regent in Stoke-on-Trent, and the Crucible and the Lyceum in Sheffield.

Joan Travis continued: “We trust that Derby people and their elected representatives will seize this opportunity to acquire the Hippodrome, damaged as it is, but nevertheless more than half built, and see it as an asset in the future development of the City.

The Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust is willing and able to take on a lease and to proceed with the task required. We ask you to join us in our vision to re-open the theatre in 2014, the year of its centenary.”



ENDS:
For further information please contact Joan Travis on 01332 557395
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Registered Office: The White House, 2 New Road, Darley Abbey, Derby DE22 1DR. For information on the Hippodrome: www.derbyhippodrome.co.uk
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