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Revealed: Designs unveiled for £25m Oldham Coliseum

Designs have been unveiled for the £25m Oldham Coliseum theatre.

Oldham Council and architect Mecanoo unveiled how the building would look ahead of a planning application for the project, which is backed by a £7.1m National Lottery-funded capital grant from Arts Council England.

The Coliseum, which will include a 500-seat main auditorium plus a 170-seat studio theatre, will sit near Oldham’s Central Metrolink tram stop.

It will be built on the existing Southgate Street car park, next to a Grade-II listed former library building, which is being refurbished to host a new heritage and arts centre.

Subject to planning approval, construction is expected to start in April 2018, with the venue opening in 2020.

Mecanoo partner Francesco Veenstra said: “The design for the new Coliseum Theatre aims to provide Oldham with a platform for artistic expression – professional performers and community participants – that is welcoming to all.

“Oldham’s rich history as a cotton-weaving powerhouse is reflected in the building’s architecture, with the brick pattern referencing cotton designs that were created in Oldham.”

Oldham Coliseum designs 2 Mecanoo

Oldham Coliseum designs 2 Mecanoo

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