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Cafe Bar nominated for national award

Our redeveloped Cafe Bar has been nominated for a national accolade in this year’s SPACES Awards (Society of Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying).

Deryck Newland, Chief Executive of Play to the Crowd, comments "We are thrilled with this nomination. It was a pleasure working with the council’s fantastic design team and we are delighted that their efforts have been recognised in this way."

The design team from Hampshire County Council remodelled our front of house areas into a more vibrant, inclusive and accessible space, with the addition of a new Cafe Bar.

The Cafe Bar was officially opened in September 2019 by Leader of Hampshire County Council, Keith Mans who declared that the new space should not only be the creative hub for Winchester but become the creative hub for Hampshire.

Deryck continues "The Cafe Bar project was the final piece in the jigsaw following our extensive rebrand which included renaming the charity that runs the theatre and Hat Fair, Play to the Crowd and bringing to the forefront all the work that we do with our local community and schools by creating its own brand – Playmakers.

The new look foyer and Cafe Bar has been extremely well received by our audiences. Our thanks go to Hampshire County Council for their hard work, skills and imagination."

Councillor Keith Mans, said: "Our Property Services team continues its excellent standing in the architectural and property sectors for its award-winning designs and constructions. We want our buildings to be the very best spaces in which our residents can thrive when they learn, meet and collaborate. We take great care not only to ensure the buildings are sustainable and efficient to run, but also of high quality."

The project was supported by a Hampshire County Council grant of £375,000, plus support from the Foyle Foundation, the Backstage Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hobson Charity and Nadine and David Collinson.

SPACES is a collaborative multi-disciplinary organisation for building professionals working in and for the public sector.

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