JNR Enterprise Waits For The Final Countdown To Begin For The New £22.5m City Centre Arts Venue Opening
JNR Enterprise Waits For The Final Countdown To Begin For The New £22.5m City Centre Arts Venue Opening.
- (1888PressRelease) February 03, 2012 - JNR Enterprise has been eagerly waiting for the opening of the city centre arts venue to open. The Managing Director drives past the site every morning and noticed developments each day, 'I can't wait to see the final outcome of development and the benefits it will have for the local community will be immense.' With the final countdown beginning for a new state of the art city centre venue to open there have been a few sneak previews given of the new music and drama facilities in Cathays Park.
With less than a month to go before the grand opening of the new Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD.), many are eagerly waiting to see the end result. The £22.5m investment pumped into the design and building of new facilities in Cathays Park, the RWCMD will not only change the future for the college but will open up a new theatre and purpose-built concert hall which will alter the landscape of the cultural scene in the city. A source from JNR Enterprise comments saying, 'the building is beautiful and will become another landmark for the city of Cardiff.'
Straddling the gap between North Road and the east side canal in Bute Park, the RWCMD's unique location will make it an ideal post for the program of events it has on offer starting this June.
The official opening is the 23 June 2012. Members of the public will enter into the new foyer which sits between the Dora Stoutzker Hall - the first purpose built chamber recital hall in Wales - and the 160-seat Richard Burton Theatre. The foyer offers a unique view of the Grade-I listed park - and even those driving down the main thoroughfare of North Road by the city's civic centre will be able to see straight through the glass walls and into the Caste grounds.
Possibly the most distinctive feature of the new facade, designed by architects BFLS, is the wooden drum which sits on the north side of the site. The materials used show the designers' 'outside in' approach - using the main drivers as the musical and artistic functionality of the building - with timber and stone finishes and the cedar wood slats circling the music hall at angles - creating a rippling affect when the sun shines on them as you drive past. JNR Enterprises has already diarized a visit to the building during the opening week. 'This will be a big event for us as we are a Cardiff based sales and marketing company and we feel this building will bring fantastic education opportunities to many students in the area,' continues the MD of JNR Enterprise.
Head of communications Matthew Taylor said the new building will open up what was seen as a 'hidden gem' to the rest of Cardiff and visitors from further afield:"A lot of what went on in the college in the past was thought of as a hidden gem.The last few years have been tremendously exciting - with investment in Chapter and the new Sherman Cymru due to open - we are part of that and it's just an exciting time to be in Cardiff - especially when things are difficult with the economy.