A Bromley school has unveiled its vision for a £1.8m, 300-seat Performing Arts Centre to benefit pupils and the wider community.
Bickley Park School is planning the major project as part of its forthcoming centenary year, which will eventually see the building replacing the current theatre. Project PAC (Performing Arts Centre) will cost £1.8m — with the school financing £1.3m of the build and fundraising for the remaining £500,000.
Head Teacher Patrick Wenham, said: “The Performing Arts is one of the key Quadrants of Learning here at Bickley Park School and, with an increase of 20% in our pupil numbers, it is imperative that we offer facilities that both accommodate our rising numbers and support creativity.
“The new theatre will offer several layout configurations to maximise the use of space. It will also include improved sound systems and acoustics to enhance and heighten the audience’s experience. Use of the rooms will also be offered to performing arts groups across the wider community, so they too can benefit from the space.
“However, to be able to offer this resource, we need the support of donors to make this vision a reality. Hopefully, coming together as a community we can take performance to new heights.”
Building work is planned to begin in July 2019, with completion expected by August 2020. The finished space will comprise of two storeys, a spacious foyer, a café and gallery space, a 300-seat theatre, and a multi-purpose venue for the local community.
If you would like to make a pledge towards the new Performing Arts Centre, visit the Bickley Park School’s fundraising website.