We were very pleased to sponsor the Theatres Trust conference held last week at Milton Court at the Guildhall School in London. This annual event was once again a really interesting and insightful day attended by our colleague Nicola Walls.
Entitled 'Valuing Theatres', the focus this year was on performance spaces being created as part of wider developer led projects. This is inevitably a more common approach in London where land and property values are higher, nevertheless there are lessons that can perhaps equally be applied to projects in conurbations elsewhere in the UK.
The day brought a lively mix of presentations and comments from various clients, surveyors, developers and 'culturepreneurs', all sharing their experiences. The most theatrical presentation of the day came from - of all people - a valuer who eloquently demystified the process of valuing a historic theatre building to enable a transfer of ownership for the princely sum of £1!
As ever, the abiding feature of the day is the passion and enthusiasm shared by those in this sector - for the preservation of some remarkable buildings such as Bradford Live’s ambitious plans for the Bradford Odeon, and the creation of fantastic new venues such as Manchester's Home.
A synopsis of the full day will be given to the wider office by Nicola to help inspire creative thoughts as to how to deliver arts projects in an increasingly challenging financial climate, but Benjamin Barber’s observation that 'Culture and Economy are the twin pillars of any successful and creative city' rings very true.