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Chester Storyhouse Wins Special Award At The Civic Trust Awards

Special award for community impact and engagement for the theatre, library and cinema project in Chester

Friday 16 March 2018

We are delighted that Chester Storyhouse picked up two awards at this year's Civic Trust Awards. Out of 234 applicants, the £37m project comprising library, theatre, restaurant, cinema and community spaces was highly praised for its 'Community Impact and Engagement'. Buro Four provided Strategic Project Management to Chesire West & Chesire Council to help develop a viable scheme and achieve funding.

David Boles, Director at Buro Four, added; "We are passionate about delivering schemes that return a real community beenfit and enjoy working with clients to help acheive great things. In this case of Storyhoise, it was essential that we were involved from a very early stage to help develop a viable scheme that met the needs of the local community. We worked closely with the Council to establish a strategic a strategic framework of governance and project delivery to ensure the scheme progressed with confidence and opened on time."

Replacing the former Odeon building, Storyhouse responds to the need for a facility that feels completely accessible to a wide range of people, and is refective of the trend for libraries to have a more domestic feel - Storyhouse brings drama, film, art and literature together under one roof with community at its heart.

Andrew Bentley, CEO of Storyhouse, said: "We are delighted to have won this pretigious award. Community engagement is at the heart of everything we do at Storyhouse; over 100 community groups regularly use the building to meet to discuss and debate their ideas. This award is testament to all that we have achieved since opening in May We're delighted!"

Councilor Louise Gittens, Cabinet Member Communities and Wellbeing, Chesire West and Chester Council said: "We are thrilled that the project has won this Civic Trust Award for Community Impact and Engagement as the community was at the centre of every decision we made throughout the planning and development of Storyhouse. "Now open, it is fantastic to see how much the whole borough has embraced the facilities, residents and visitors are enjoying everything it has to offer. Storyhouse is an important step in realising the wider Chester Northgate vision."

Councilor Stuart Parker, Shadow Cabinet Memeber, Communities and Wellbeing said;" Storyhouse has brought a new lease of life into the city centre, this award highlights the very people who ensured the building is what it is today, our residents."

Established in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment, and Storyhouse beat off stiff competition from 234 applicants.

Storyhouse is the first part of Cheshire West & Chester's plans to reinvent the cultural offer int he city with the £300m mixed-use Northgate project.