Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) is a 446-seat multi-purpose auditorium, designed for live arts performances, conferences, and film screenings, in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, and part of the University of Lincoln.

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
LPAC at night
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is located in Lincolnshire
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Location within Lincolnshire
Alternative namesLPAC
General information
Architectural styleOpaque glass facade with tinted glass openings
LocationUniversity of Lincoln Brayford campus
AddressLincoln, LN6 7TS
Coordinates53°13′44″N 0°32′58″W / 53.229°N 0.5495°W / 53.229; -0.5495
Elevation10 m (33 ft)
CompletedDecember 2007
Inaugurated20 January 2008
Cost£5.9 million
ClientUniversity of Lincoln
LandlordUniversity of Lincoln
Technical details
Floor area2,500 sq metres
Design and construction
Architecture firmStem Architects[1]
Structural engineerWard Cole[2]
Services engineerLTA Woodworks[3]

History Edit

It opened on 20 January 2008, with a recital by the cellist Steven Isserlis. The theatre's programme of events is designed to complement, rather than compete with, those of its neighbouring venues, such as the Theatre Royal, Lincoln.

The Just a Minute radio programme was recorded at the venue on 26 January 2009.

Funding Edit

The building has been funded by the University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire County Council (including This is Art[4]), the City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire Enterprise (£1.8 million),[5] the East Midlands Development Agency, and Arts Council England.

Construction Edit

Design Edit

The consulting engineers were Ward Cole,[6] who are situated off Carholme Road (A57). They also worked on the University's School of Architecture[7] and library, the Engine Shed, the student accommodation next to the Foss Dyke, Lincoln Nuffield Hospital, Witham Wharf (on the Brayford),[8] and the city's Odeon cinema.

The architects were Stem Architects,[9] based in Sparkhouse Studios on the campus, who have designed the majority of the University's buildings, including the new Enterprise @ Lincoln building.

Equipment Edit

The building consists of the theatre and the new Centre for Innovation in Performing Arts, a base for undergraduate and postgraduate students, with LSPA.

The centre piece of the new building is a 446-seat theatre which will host professional touring theatre, music and dance productions plus film screenings by students from the Lincoln School of Performing Arts.[10]

Facilities Edit

It has the Zing Café open from 9am to 5pm during term time, and for night-time events there is the Theatre Bar. There is a Box Office in the Tower Bar Foyer in the Engine Shed open from 10am to 4pm.

Ancillary functions Edit

LPAC also offers educational and outreach arts work with local communities. The £5.9 million centre is also home to the Lincoln School of Performing Arts (LSPA) where around 240 students study for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in drama and dance. Arranged around the theatre are studios for dance, drama and music, as well as office spaces and control and dimming rooms designed specifically to enable instruction of students during live performance.

Brayford Pool by night

References Edit

  1. ^ Stem Architects
  2. ^ "Ward Cole" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  3. ^ LTA Woodworks[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "This is Art". Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  5. ^ Lincolnshire Enterprise
  6. ^ "Consulting engineers". Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  7. ^ School of Architecture Archived 30 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Witham Wharf Archived 21 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Stem Architects Archived 8 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Lpac Theatre - University of Lincoln". The University of Lincoln. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2009.

External links Edit