New theatre forms key part of Borderlands bid

A new theatre and conference centre for Berwick is one of the key projects seeking Government funding as part of the Borderlands project.

Friday, 21st September 2018, 7:49 am
The Maltings Theatre and Cinema, Berwick

It forms part of an ambitious multi-million-pound proposal set to be submitted to UK and Scottish Governments later this month.

Details are still to be revealed but The Maltings Theatre and Cinema, long the subject of proposed redevelopment, is central to the plans.

A spokesman for Northumberland County Council said: “The proposal is to repurpose Berwick as a border town through the construction of an iconic new theatre and conference centre by the River Tweed that attracts people to visit, live and work in Berwick.

“The new theatre will allow the internationally-renowned programme of The Maltings to be expanded and complemented with a multi-use conference space creating a ‘must-visit’ cultural and heritage destination between Edinburgh and Newcastle.”

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The proposals will be submitted by the Borderlands Partnership, a unique collaboration that brings together the five cross-border local authorities to promote the economic growth and competitiveness of the area.

The outcomes of a Borderlands conference have informed the development of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal proposal. The strategic outline business cases – the first stage in developing the Borderlands Inclusive Deal – will be submitted by the end of September.

A Borderlands Partnership spokesman said: “Since the Borderlands Conference in June 2018 we have been working with partners to refine the ideas and proposals, taking on board partners’ comments and using evidence to help shape our business cases. We have worked with civil servants from both UK and Scottish Governments and other partners to co-develop our business cases and the overall Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal proposal.

“Each of the local authority partners is considering the proposal over the coming weeks and we are on target to submit our Deal proposal to the UK and Scottish Governments by the end of September.”

Other key programmes are: Borderlands Energy Investment Company, Digital Borderlands, Quality of Place, Destination Borderlands, Business Infrastructure Programme and Knowledge Exchange Network and feasibility for The Borders Railway; Carlisle Station Gateway, Chapelcross Energy Park, Berwick Theatre and Conference Centre and the Mountain Bike Innovation Centre in the Scottish Borders.