Chairman’s Statement.

Chairman’s Statement.

There was an article in the Express and Star on 7 September 2019, reporting that Dudley is one of many towns across the country that has been granted funding from the Government. They have quoted:
The £32m Institute of Transformational Technologies is due to open on the [Gateway] site in September 2021, while an Autonomous Vehicle Hub is being lined up for the Hippodrome site”.
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We will not be able to confirm if the Hippodrome site will be used or not for the Autonomous Vehicle Hub. However, Dudley Hippodrome Trust will endeavour to seek confirmation of this fact and share it with you as soon as we can.
In the meantime, I can assure you all, Dudley Hippodrome Trust is working hard to ensure this does not happen. We have plans from our commercial and project company who commissioned London based architects for a fully functional state of the art 1300 seater theatre with two large community rooms, open plan foyers and bars with a restaurant overlooking the Gateway. It will also have a rehearsal space and second small studio auditorium. The Hippodrome main house will be able to receive medium size theatre tours.
Dudley Hippodrome Trust is working with various agencies. This includes working with the Theatres Trust in London who have been essential to our work. We are working to produce and deliver our artistic program in the local and wider community; we would also become a producing house. We have applied for funding to commission a viability study from one of the leading theatrical consultants in the country. The Trust will apply for funding to commission an Economic Impact Study.
The Trust is also working on plans should we not be able to acquire the current Hippodrome building. We have been looking into heritage funding for a viability study to look at the option of retaining the façade and building a new state of the art theatre behind. We are also looking into building a new theatre with an architectural fusion of industrial and contemporary design that would fit into the heritage of Dudley. We are currently working on producing an archive for an exhibition.
There has been a lot of work undertaken already by Dudley Hippodrome Trust. We will keep pushing and raising awareness so we could eventually acquire and restore Dudley’s Lyric theatre.
DH Supporter’s Group has been instrumental in leading the campaign to raise awareness and fundraise for the cause. They will continue to hold various fundraising events and host monthly public meetings, every first Thursday in the month, at the ex-serviceman’s club on Hill Street. If you feel you can spare some time to contribute to the efforts of the supporter’s group, please fill out our contact form.
We need your support!
Ian Lewis
Chairman
Dudley Hippodrome Trust
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