Vital Venue, Ebrington Square, Derry, BT47 6JE

Client: ILEX – Urban Regeneration Company

Extraspace Solutions chose to partner with Arena Structures to provide a complete turnkey venue capable of meeting the diverse demands of the years’ forecasted events when the City of Derry / Londonderry was chosen to be the first UK City of Culture in 2013 . The venue had to meet all the necessary criteria to host an array of functions throughout the year but also needed to be constructed within a relatively short period of time.

Extraspace Solutions and Arena Structures proposed an 80m x 40m Tension Fabric Steel Framed Structure as the main concert area which included 2500 seats with 500 of them laid out in a tiered section. The bespoke venue plan was designed so that the structure provided could cater for a fully seated arena, a concert space for up to 4000 standing or a banquet space for up to 1000 seated at round tables. The venue was designed with a centre diving drape to enable the concert space to be reduced in size to host smaller events. The Tension Fabric Steel also had a 1 hour fire break wall constructed which can create a separate main entrance foyer and smaller event space for school visits or champagne reception hosting.

36 Steel framed modular sections were erected to provide male, female and disabled visitor toilet facilities, staff, security and office facilities, first aid facilities, artist changing rooms, artist and guest green rooms, bar areas, cloak rooms and store facilities. The project included the complete fit out of the facility which included all electrical installations, mechanical installations, partitions, decorations, floor coverings, signage and corporate branding as well as a fully functional stage system which could be reduced in size or removed if required.

The result was a fully functional multi event space meeting building control standards and providing a flagship centre for the focus of the UK City of Culture celebrations throughout 2013. An opening gala evening was televised by BBC which included performances form artists such as Phil Coulter, The Undertones, Snow Patrol and Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud. The facility has also hosted major events such as the Ulster Orchestra, The Royal Ballet and world famous dance productions and concerts by Primal Scream and Elvis Costello to name but a few, as well as other major cultural events, conferences & banquets. 


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