Derry / Londonderry will play host to a world-class entertainment programme as part of the City of Culture celebrations in 2013. Events will include the Turner Prize; which will be presented outside England for the first time, a new commission by the London Symphony Orchestra, a new play by American playwright Sam Shepard, a tribute to local Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney and the first visit to Northern Ireland of the Royal Ballet for over 20 years.
Extraspace Solutions have been awarded the contract to supply a purpose built modular entertainment venue fully fitted out and capable of hosting a diverse range of events. Extraspace Solutions, in association with Arena Structures, will provide up to 4600m2 of accommodation including a main arena, mini arena and associated modular accommodation for the year long event named the Ebrington Pavillion and located just overlooking Ebrington Square and the iconic peace bridge crossing the River Foyle.
The modular facility will provide a seating concert arrangement for 2,500 people (including grandstand seating), standing concerts for up to 4,000 people and be able to host banquets and conferences for up to 800. Flexible performing stages which can be increased or reduced in size, an orbit arch system above the stage and state of the art performance lighting, heating throughout, toilet facilities both sides of the arena including full DDA facilities, bars to both sides of the arena, concessions areas, box office, cloakrooms, security, artists changing rooms and a green room.
At the official programme launch on 25th October 2012, Northern Ireland Culture Minister said “2013 promises to be a momentous year for Derry and for this part of Ireland. With such an exciting programme of events to suit everyone’s tastes, Derry City of Culture is not to be missed. Derry is ready to embrace this opportunity and to showcase Ireland’s rich culture and heritage on the local and international stage”
Extraspace Solutions secured this contract through the Government Procurement Service Framework Agreement providing a high quality design and competitive submission achieving the optimum in building design and value for money. Form award Extraspace have worked closely with CPD and ILEX to complete the design process. On site works commence on 1st October and the modular facility will be handed over to the client in Mid December.