Chapter has decided to go down the competition route for the next phase of it redevelopment.
Hitherto, I'd not realised that there was any further expansion planned. I thought they'd pulled off a bit of a coup by getting funding for phase 1.They obviously feel confident of embarking on an even bigger fund raising project for the second phase, which is a surprise given the current public sector funding climate.
The 'application window' for potential entries seems brief for such a project what with the deadline for registration being 21 April and submissions needing to be completed by 1 May.
Knowing Chapter, if they've gone public the the funding is pretty much in place.
It's that very rare animal - a public / third sector organisation that's incredibly well run. I know it still has a slightly hippy image but, among other things, it's actualy a very succesful business incubator and has probably pumped millions into the city economy over the years.
I take it that the "visitors" number include visits to the cafe/bar?
I very fond of the place, but I can't help thinking of it as a bar with an arts centre.
I know Chapter and the people there very well. It does always seem busy there and of course a lot of those people will be visiting the bar. But they've got multiple events on every day. Films obviously but all kinds of classes too.
That said not everyone is keen on the change. I do hear people say they long for the 'old' chapter, it's all full of 'yummy mummies' now. A feeling it has somehow lost its edge.
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