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Bright future for Jacksons Lane

James Tilston 11 September 2017

Exciting new plans to modernise Jacksons Lane Arts Centre will be drawn up following a £165,780 development grant from Arts Council England.

The landmark building in Highgate is in need of modernisation and improvements to safeguard its future as Highgate’s leading cultural centre, and as the UK’s leading producer of contemporary circus.

Initial designs drawn up by Katy Marks from award-winning architectural firm Citizens Design Bureau will now be developed in greater detail, showcasing how Jacksons Lane could build on its standing as one of the UK’s foremost performing arts venues.

Arts Council England has also invited Jacksons Lane to submit a Stage 2 funding application based on the more detailed designs, while Haringey Council has also committed to supporting the renovation of Jacksons Lane through a capital funding grant.

Chief Executive James Tilston said: “Jacksons Lane are delighted that our plans to improve our much-loved building have been supported by both Haringey Council and Arts Council England. This is a really exciting time for Jacksons Lane as we look to ensure the arts can be experienced and enjoyed by everyone in the community long into the future.

We will be able to make the building fully accessible for the first time, more environmentally sustainable, and create much better facilities for artists, audiences and participants.”

Proposals to consider relocating Highgate Library into a renovated Jacksons Lane will not now be taken forward. A feasibility study that explored a number of co-location options, showed that the estimated receipt from selling the existing library site would not be enough to cover the costs of creating the new library and that Jacksons Lane may lose revenue as a result of space lost to accommodating the library.

Jacksons Lane and Haringey Council have committed to continuing to work together to build on Haringey’s cultural offer and are working together to increase the numbers of people engaging creatively with libraries in Haringey.

Haringey Council Leader Cllr Claire Kober said: “Congratulations to Jacksons Lane on their Arts Council England grant, and we’re really excited about seeing more of their ambitious plans for the future.

Cllr Kober continued: “We always welcome innovative suggestions for making the most of Haringey’s fantastic assets, which is why we were happy to consider relocating Highgate Library to Jacksons Lane – which had the potential to create an exciting new cultural hub.

“We’re happy to commit to supporting Jacksons Lane and look forward to continuing to work with them to explore opportunities to build on Haringey’s successful arts scene.”

Jacksons Lane will host a public meeting at 6.30pm on Monday, September 18 to present an overview of the feasibility study, answer questions, and present further information about their ambitions for the future of the building.

Below you can download the feasibility study that we will will be developing. The public version of the feasibility study that investigated a potential co-location with Highgate Library is also available to download. For the public version, commercially sensitive information has been removed.

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