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City Moves Forward on New Performing Arts Centre

Surrey Performing Arts Centre design drawing.

January 25, 2012

Surrey – The City is moving ahead with plans to build a new performing arts centre in City Centre, which will help transform the area into an energetic hub of entertainment and cultural activity. Bing Thom Architects has been selected as the architectural consultant for the project, and has begun the programming, site selection and conceptual siting.

“The City of Surrey has a half million residents and we need a major performing arts facility if we’re going to create a dynamic downtown core and foster our creative economy,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “Arts and culture are the heart and soul of a city and play an essential role in education and learning.”

It is anticipated the centre will include a flexible main stage theatre with at least 1,600 seats, a studio theatre with approximately 250 seats, and other arts amenities.

“We believe this facility will become another iconic landmark in City Centre and help create a more cohesive city,” says Watts. She adds the City is hoping senior levels of government and the private sector will partner in the project.

Programming work on the facility has now begun, which includes site selection, siting of the new facility, budget preparation, and determining project timelines. Bing Thom Architects will liaise with the community, City staff, the steering committee and key stakeholders to deliver the project program, which is expected to be completed by July 2012.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor