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World Class Wimbledon Concert Hall A real possibility explains campaigner, Anthony Wilkinson


erton Council are about to begin a master plan for Future Wimbledon in the next few months. For years there has been a move to create a world-class, acoustically superb, concert hall on the P3 Hartfield Road car park (behind the Odeon). With your help there is a real chance of this happening. The P3 site becomes available early 2019, when the car parking covenant ends. The Council intend to put the site open to public tender during 2017. The site is designated to include Cultural purposes, with the Council favouring a mixed development including retail, and offices. The Wimbledon Concert Hall group is working to stake a claim to the site by demonstrating a robust business case, an exciting cultural programme that would give access to community performing groups, have an extensive educational remit, develop a thriving Arts District and community, creating a stunning environment to give real soul and character to a regenerated Wimbledon Town Centre. Buildings cost a lot to run, cultural programmes inevitably need support. Sustainability is everything. Our plan is to double the car park to 300, going underground, with retail on the ground floor, and cultural facilities and offices above. Revenue from parking, retail and office rental would endow the cultural programme.

...a smaller Suntory Hall

Inspirations for The Wimbledon Concert Hall...

...a larger New World Symphony Hall

We are already some way towards the £100,000 we need to engage major consultants to prepare business plans, and Grimshaw Architects to produce concept massing plans with models for the site. Everyone can play a part in these life-enhancing plans by pledging support. We are seeking 6 donations of £5000, 10 of £3000, and 40 of £1000. But we are keen to build a community of support so whatever you can do to help will be much appreciated and acknowledged. Contact: Anthony Wilkinson, 152 Durham Road, SW20 0DG 020 8946 50787 Patrons - Darcey Bussell, Vladimir Ashkenazy

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