Tender out for Oldham Coliseum

Oldham Council has launched a search for a main contractor for the Oldham Coliseum Theatre & Heritage Centre project.

The scheme, which has a contract value of between £15m and £25m, involves the refurbishment of the former Grade II-listed Oldham Library & Art Gallery in Union Street and the construction of a new theatre on the adjoining Southgate Street car park.

The tender document said the project "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 linked complex combining a new build and a conversion of a much loved but currently empty Victorian library, linked via a bridge with Gallery Oldham and public space in the Library Gardens."

This project is a collaboration between the Oldham Coliseum Theatre and the council's arts & heritage department. Construction is expected to complete by 2017.

Architectural practice Mecanoo, in partnership with Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture, was appointed last year to design the scheme, which is being supported by the Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The complex will include two auditoria of 600 and 250 seats as well as a heritage centre, galleries, public research rooms, foyers, bars and meeting spaces.

The deadline for tender application is 7 July 2014.

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