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New Butterworth Hall on Schedule

Lady Butterworth talks with Roberta Warman, Corporate
Communications Manager at the University of Warwick.

Six months into the redevelopment of Butterworth Hall and the venue is starting to resemble something like a concert hall again, on time for its scheduled reopening in March.

The fundraising campaign is also gathering steam having raised £1.25 million and now boosted by a government scheme to match every £3 donated with a further £1, although the target of £2 million is still some way off.

A new hydraulically operated stage is beginning to fill the 3-metre deep pit where the old stage used to be, carpet is being laid in the balcony area ready for the actual seats to be fitted in two weeks and the floor of the venue has been covered in shiny new beech.

The less obvious work on the Hall's acoustics continues with the ventilation system now removed from the ceiling and the placement of switchable panels to interior walls which improve the sound of both amplified and non-amplified music.

Four new fire exits have been added to the floor level of the hall effectively doubling the standing capacity for gigs and new disabled seating areas have also been added to the balcony for the first time offering more choice for wheelchair users.

Although the main hall will be ready for a conference booked in March, much of the striking new exterior work housing the back of house facilities will not open until September.

Fundraising appeal from Lady Butterworth

This will include new dressing rooms more accommodating to large production groups and full size orchestras as well as a new studio space with large windows allowing those on campus a glimpse into the artists' work space.

The gardens outside the Arts Centre and Coventry House will also be landscaped and the much loved White Koan sculpture returned to take pride of place.

The Butterworth Hall development still needs your help to meet its fundraising target of £2 million.

To find out how you can support the project, or even name a seat in the Hall, visit the Warwick Arts Centre website.