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Pick Everard picked by Déda

Déda has appointed the Derby office of leading national architects Pick Everard to drive plans to expand theatre and dance studio facilities at its venue in Chapel Street, Derby.

The organisation, one of the UK’s leading dance houses, has been awarded a £282,000 Arts Council grant towards the £412,000 redevelopment of part of the neighbouring Queen's Leisure Centre.

The rest of the project will be funded by Déda cash reserves, charitable trusts and foundations, with support from the University of Derby.

Detailed plans are currently being drawn up by Pick Everard to create a new dance and production studio, conference facility, with a glass atrium linking both buildings.

Construction is due to begin in April 2014, with completion in the August.

Déda Director Stephen Munn said: “The scheme will dramatically improve the existing theatre at Déda by expanding the stage area, increasing the organisation’s scope for staging larger-scale productions, both by visiting artists and the organisation’s own performance groups.

“It will also be the base for a new Dance Theatre degree which is being developed by Déda and the University of Derby, with the first students welcomed to the new facilities in September 2014.

“This expansion is therefore an important part of the organisation’s future development as part of our overall strategy to play an even more important role in the cultural life of the city and county, whilst simultaneously reducing our reliance on funding from the public purse.”

Ian Goodwin, of Pick Everard, said: “We are delighted to have been selected for the full design on this prestigious project in the cultural heart of the Cathedral.