A Bromley school has unveiled its vision for a £1.8m state of the art 300-seat multi-purpose Performing Arts Centre to benefit pupils and the wider community.
Bickley Park School is planning the major project as part of its forthcoming centenary year, which will eventually see the contemporary building replacing the current theatre in the prep department.
Project PAC (Performing Arts Centre) will cost £1.8m. The school is financing £1.3m of the build and is fundraising for the remaining £500,000.
It is hoped that building work will begin in July 2019, with completion expected by August 2020, and with the finished space comprising:
- Two storeys
- Light and spacious foyer
- Café and gallery space
- 300-seat theatre which can be used in three different configurations for maximum flexibility
- Multi-purpose venue for the local community
Head teacher Patrick Wenham, said:
“The Performing Arts is one of the key Quadrants of Learning here at Bickley Park School and, with an increase of 20 percent in our pupil numbers, it is imperative that we offer facilities that both accommodate our rising numbers and support creativity. The future. belongs to out of the box, creative thinkers who will be able to do what the robots can’t.
“The new theatre will offer several layout configurations to maximise the use of the space and will include improved sound systems and acoustics to enhance and heighten the audience’s experience. Use of the rooms will also be offered to performing arts groups across the wider community so they too can benefit from the space.
“However, to be able to offer this world-class resource, we need the support of donors to make this vision a reality. Hopefully, coming together as a community we can take performance to new heights.”
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