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Town Deal project: Norwich Make Space at the Halls

The Halls
St Andrews Hall

The Halls is a multi-use cultural venue owned and run by Norwich City Council, and a Grade I listed ancient monument. The building passed into public ownership during the Reformation in 1538 and is the most intact medieval friary in England in secular use. Today it is a successful receiving house and the largest concert venue in the city.

The project has two main aims:

  1. To make The Halls, a unique city centre building, fit-for-purpose so it can continue to house community and cultural events to support the local economy. This will be achieved by investing in the facilities, including modern raked and gallery seating, increased digital capacity, fit for purpose audio visual, sound proofing and blackout capability, as well as major redesign to improve flow and accessibility. 
  2. To transform The Halls into a state-of-the-art digital making space so as to enable the building to meet the needs of the next generation of artists and audiences. Specifically it will enable companies and local organisations to create content that can be digitally distributed, opening up new opportunities, revenue streams and audiences for performers. It will be a hub for collaborative creative thinking and generate new, highly valued, cross-sector partnerships between culture, digital and tech. 

There is considerable demand for production space in the city. Norwich Make Space will be the first regional production hub of its kind in the UK. It will generate additional funding and support the local creative network of highly skilled producers, technicians and artists. Norwich Make Space will help retain talent in the city who will contribute to the economy by establishing their own creative enterprises.