Green light for new multi-purpose arts venue

How the venue will look

Planning permission has been given to create a new multi-purpose arts venue within two historic buildings in Worcester.

Worcester City Council’s planning committee has unanimously granted permission for the full redesign and internal refurbishment of the Scala and Corn Exchange buildings in Angel Street.

The scheme will be funded by part of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

City Council managing director David Blake said: “The planning committee’s decision is an important milestone on our journey to creating a venue that will attract new audiences and allow creative communities to thrive in our city. I look forward to seeing construction work getting underway later this year.”

Once completed, the new venue will be home to three multi-use spaces, currently named The Stage, The Screen, and The Box, as well as a café that can provide additional performance space.

The plans for the new venue have been developed by the city council following consultation and work with a consortium of leading local creative organisations, including Severn Arts, Dancefest, Mobilise Arts, C&T, The Kiln and Vestan.

Paul Sutton, from C&T, said: “On behalf of the creative consortium, I am delighted to hear this news. Our aim is to open the Scala as a welcoming hub in the heart of the city where people can come together to enjoy, imagine, and cultivate a more creative future for Worcester.”