Salford based Arts Company Walk the Plank have received a £499,000 capital grant from Arts Council England towards the development of a new multi-purpose outdoor arts complex in Salford.
The award will enable to bring all its functions on to a single site.
The new home has been designed by Liverpool-based Architectural Emporium who were commissioned to repurpose the existing industrial site which a mix of light industrial space and a railway viaduct around a large yard area.
The practice’s design is an imaginative reworking of the existing space alongside a new-build hub building, which draws on architectural points of reference to the area’s predominantly industrial use within a contemporary context.
Planning permission for the project was granted by Salford City Council last autumn.
Work on the new scheme is due to start on site this summer for completion in spring 2017 to coincide with the Company’s 25th anniversary.
Liz Pugh, Walk the Plank co-founder said “As a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, Arts Council England are already great supporters of our activities which see us making amazing events across the UK and internationally. We’re therefore delighted that they’ve given a further endorsement of our work and have bought into our exciting vision for our new multi-purpose base in Salford. It will be great to see it open in our 25th anniversary year.”