More opportunities to have your say on the Harlow Arts and Cultural Quarter

Business / Tue 21st Nov 2023 at 08:50am

MORE opportunities for residents to have their say on the latest plans for the £20m Harlow Arts and Cultural Quarter in Playhouse Square have been announced.

The scheme is being funded by the Government’s Levelling Up Fund. New designs for the scheme have been released following the completion of the demolition of the Occasio House site.

Residents can find out more about the plans and give their feedback by dropping into the Discover Harlow Hub in the Harvey Centre (next to the Works) on:

  • Tuesday 21 November, 5pm-7pm
  • Saturday 2 December, 11am-2pm

The hub will also be open 10am to 2pm every Thursday from 23 November. The scheme’s latest designs will also be going online shortly.

The Harlow Arts and Cultural Quarter will form a new western gateway as part of the regeneration of Harlow town centre. The scheme will complement Harlow Playhouse’s current offer as well as bring forward a range of new and improved spaces such as:

  • Performance and exhibition spaces
  • New café and booking office for the Playhouse
  • Music school and recording studios
  • Flexible studio spaces
  • New location for the Gibberd Gallery
  • Improved public realm to provide opportunities for performances and a new public square and park
  • High-quality residential apartments to support delivery of the scheme

Public consultation is taking place ahead of a planning application being submitted. Subject to planning approval, work on the scheme is set to start early next year.

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6 Comments for More opportunities to have your say on the Harlow Arts and Cultural Quarter:

2023-11-21 09:14:06

The design of the architecture looks very boring and unimaginative for an Arts & Cultural Quarter. Here's an opportunity to step away from the ordinary and create something that reflects Harlow's status as the Sculpture Town. Something new or influenced by Gaudi or Henry Moore or even a neo classical style rather than a plain box.

Kim Oconnor
2023-11-21 10:07:23

It's a box, no imagination put into it. Father Christmas will feel at home, his sitting in a box, and charging a fortune.

2023-11-21 20:37:10

What a fiasco. What a waste of our...the taxpayers hard earned cash..£20 Million quid..(and some..i bet).sigh..to Support our Govts Construction donors.. Whats realy needed is a replacement for the world Famous "The Square" which we lost when it was sold off by Essex County Councillors for a...£20 grand gain (thanks Cllr Hardware et al..!) We have a brilliant Theatre, but with less than 500 seats..it can never attract big acts ..without large grants from the Arts Council, but that will only finance Opera/Ballet companies which although very noble will mainly attract high brow out of towners.. Whilst the rest of us would rather watch a Bernard Manning's Underpants!

2023-11-22 08:28:48

What a waste of money. It seems that this town wants to be all arty but you cannot buy anything except eat yourself to death. As per usual the money has gone to things which will be of no use to normal people

2023-11-22 23:01:20

The building for the arts & cultural quarter is really low quality, not sure how these designs get approved. Is there an online survey where residents can have an opinion before these get implemented

2023-11-24 22:51:34

The opening times of the Hub are very unhelpful for working people. They will be open on just one Saturday. This is shameful for such an important development.

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