Performing Arts

The Point, Eastleigh

The Point, Eastleigh

 

Burrell Foley Fischer have been the architects for the development of The Point since its inception as a Regional Dance Agency in 1994, when a coherent group of Edwardian buildings that comprised the former Town Hall were converted into a thriving centre for the performing arts. Phase 1 comprised the transformation of the former Council Chamber into a new entrance, foyer, box office, café/bar and dance studio, while Phase 2 a year later, comprised the linking of the building to the main hall to create a 200-seat theatre space dedicated to dance performances with a new, enlarged stage house and backstage accommodation.

 

 
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when eastleigh borough council was looking to design the first dance theatre in the region we wanted to work with a specialist architect who understood the needs of dance performers and the challenges of working for local government.
— Cheryl Butler, Eastleigh Borough Council
 
 

Phase 3 in 2009 encompassed the former library, linked by a new glazed atrium to the main buildings and an entirely new creative studio with residential accommodation for six dancers. The intent of the new creative studio is to provide a base for artists in residence to create new works, which can be developed in a workshop format and presented to small invited audiences before being launched on big stages.

 

 
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Burrell Foley Fischer met all our needs... The project was delivered on time and on budget despite the challenges of adapting the old town into a modern arts facility. The Point Theatre is popular with audience and artists and has achieved everything we wanted.
— Cheryl Butler, Eastleigh Borough Council