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On Monday, 23 January 2017, Rockvilla, the National Theatre of Scotland’s new permanent headquarters was launched in the Speirs Wharf regeneration area of Glasgow.
The National Theatre of Scotland has remodelled and extensively refurbished a former cash and carry building in the Speirs Wharf regeneration area of north-west Glasgow, to create Rockvilla. This new centre for creativity, production and talent development, designed by Hoskins Architects, provides the Company with approximately 3700 sq. metres (40,000sq.ft) of space over two levels.
The new National Theatre of Scotland facility enables the Company, for the first time, to house all of its rehearsal and production activity under one roof. The canal-side building provides the Company and the Scottish theatre sector with a flexible, fit for purpose space with three rehearsal rooms of varying scales, creative development spaces, a learning and community suite, a working wardrobe facility, production workshop and technical store, office space, meeting room facilities and social areas. The Company will remain a “theatre without walls’’, committed to touring throughout Scotland and beyond.
Rockvilla is designed by RIBA award-winning architects Hoskins Architects, based in Glasgow. They have an acclaimed portfolio of buildings designed for the arts and cultural sector including Mareel in Shetland, the UK’s most northerly cinema and music venue, The Bridge Arts Centre in Easterhouse and Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre in Inverness. Hoskins Architects won the commission to design ‘A Gathering Space’, Scotland’s first ever stand-alone pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2008. The construction of Rockvilla was undertaken by Glasgow-based company Luddon Construction.
The National Theatre of Scotland is delighted to be part of an emerging cultural hub in this area of North Glasgow. Other cultural tenants include Scottish Opera, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, The Glue Factory and the Whisky Bond.
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