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CAST triumphs at leading industry awards

LABC Awards 2014, RICS Awards 2014

CAST, Sir Nigel Gresley Square, Doncaster

CAST — the state-of-the-art performance venue in Doncaster designed by Arts Team — has been awarded 'Best commercial building over £1m' at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC), South Yorkshire and Humber Awards. It has also been recognised as part of the Doncaster Civic & Cultural Quarter scheme, named Project of the Year 2014 at the RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards. CAST, Doncaster
Both awards recognise inspirational developments in, property, construction and the environment. Having won the regional LABC Award, CAST is automatically entered for the national awards, to be announced in the autumn.
Arts Team Director Stewart King said: "These awards are testament to the commitment of the design team, Doncaster Council and Muse Developments, to establish an award winning, performance venue to suit a wide range of performers and host a variety of community and education projects. CAST has already proved to be a success: in the first three months over 40,000 visited the venue, turning this area of Doncaster into a thriving, cultural district."
Located on Sir Nigel Gresley Square in the Waterdale area, the 7,500 sq m (80,730 sq ft) arts building includes: a main proscenium theatre; a flexible studio theatre; dance, drama and education spaces as well as café/bars and supporting public and backstage facilities.
www.castindoncaster.com

Milton Court wins RIBA regional award

RIBA London regional Awards 2014

Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London

Milton Court, the Arts Team-designed new venue at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, has won an RIBA London Regional Award. The project now goes forward to the RIBA National Awards, which will be announced later this year.
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music \& Drama
Our Principal Director, Barry Pritchard, commented: "Milton Court is already a success and making a significant contribution to the area. It is good to receive recognition from our peers, and so a very big thank you, not just to the team but to everyone for their continued support for the past seven years."
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music \& Drama
Located on the corner of Silk Street and Moor Lane in the City of London, Milton Court provides the school with a concert hall and theatre. We worked alongside David Walker on the project, which forms the lower floors of The Heron residential development — the first major residential development in the City for 30 years. The Heron and Milton Court were developed by Heron International, the Corporation of London's development partner for the site.

Photos: Morley von Sternberg

New performance venue
for the City of London
— Milton Court

OPENED 26 SEPTEMBER 2013

Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London

One of the UK's leading conservatoires, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, is located in the City of London. Its new performance venue, Milton Court, is now complete — part of a larger development project undertaken by Heron International. RHWL was lead consultant for the whole project, with David Walker Architects as design architect and Arts Team as architect for the performance complex.
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music \& Drama
Milton Court provides a 608-seat concert hall — with an acoustic rating of PNC 15 and an extendable concert platform — and a 223-seat proscenium arch theatre. It also provides a flexible-configuration studio theatre, a TV studio suite, three sprung floor rehearsal spaces and two-level foyers with cafés and bars.
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music \& Drama
The Heron residential accommodation, which forms a major part of the complex, and the performance venue are two distinct elements separated compositionally by a six storey atrium that introduces light deep into the school's internal spaces.
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music \& Drama
Arts Team's theme for Milton Court was inspired by Barbara Hepworth's 1943 sculpture Oval Sculpture, the timber exterior of which is carved out to reveal a pure white interior. This has been reversed: a white exterior carved out to reveal warm timber-lined internal volumes.

Photos: Morley von Sternberg

New performance venue
for Doncaster

OPENED 6 SEPTEMBER 2013

CAST, Sir Nigel Gresley Square, Doncaster

The new Arts Team-designed performance venue for Doncaster, CAST, opened on 6 September with a production by local playwright Richard Cameron in its 620-seat lyric main theatre. CAST was commissioned as part of the first phase of £300m programme to develop a civic and cultural quarter for the city.
CAST, Doncaster
Arts Team director Stewart King: "CAST is a building for everybody. From the start, our aim was to create a venue that would suit a wide range of performers — from drama, comedy, and musical theatre to live music gigs, smaller scale experimental theatre — and host a variety of community and education projects".
CAST, Doncaster
Inspired by local architecture and context, and by a desire to reflect the building's purpose in its fabric, the design of the building explores the opportunities for interraction with the new public square the complex faces. Glass, shimmering metals, limestone walls and lighting are combined to dramatic effect in a building that has achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good, one of the first theatres in the country to do so.
www.castindoncaster.com