The £12.5 million joint project between Chetwoods and Branson Coates Architects provided a complete overhaul of the existing cluster of arts buildings to create a venue capable of hosting a full-scale arts programme.
The concept behind the redevelopment of the MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) was to stitch the existing pavilion buildings together with a new three storey central linking structure, using environmental initiatives to enhance the energy performance of the building.
The old MAC consisted of badly lit spaces that were difficult to navigate and were virtually inaccessible to anyone with disabilities. The new structure created a light and flexible space with improved access throughout, providing a link between the existing pavilions and major new public circulation routes.
A new bridge link improved access from Cannons Hill Park, serving a new entrance and reception. Performance spaces, exhibition halls and an enlarged catering facility were created, combining new and re-used spaces to form a lively, light and environmentally responsive modern facility.
The reopened centre was shortlisted for a Civic Trust Award for its contribution to the arts and wider communities.
- Client: Birmingham City Council
- Location: Birmingham
- Value: £12.5m
- Size: 96,000 sqft
- Status: Complete