An architect is being sought to work on the next stage of the £5m relocation of the Oldham Coliseum theatre to an expanded cultural quarter.
The project encompasses the re-use and extension of the existing former Victorian library building and the construction of a new linked theatre for cultural uses, incorporating a theatre with a heritage centre and associated public realm works.
The project is a collaboration between the Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Oldham Council's arts & heritage services department.
It will extend Oldham's cultural quarter, bringing together the producing theatre, young people's theatre, community arts development, art gallery, heritage collections, and local studies in a single complex.
Levitt Bernstein architects conducted the initial feasibility work on the scheme.
Competition rules require subsequent contracts for architectural services to be offered via a competitive tender process.
Oldham Council secured a £465,000 grant from Arts Council England to develop and move Oldham Coliseum Theatre to a new home earlier this year.
The development grant is being used to support a stage two application for £5m towards the total cost of the regeneration scheme.
The theatre's new venue would be south of Union Street, alongside a proposed Oldham Heritage Centre, and includes a café, terraced bars and accessible heritage collections.
The project was granted an initial £615,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in November and will support a later second-stage bid for a total grant of £3.9m.
Oldham Coliseum says it already attracts 100,000 annual visitors, generating £17.5m a year.
It is hoped that the improved theatre will attract 140,000 visitors a year, 40,000 from outside the local area.