Stanley Town Council, Co. Durham

The Brief

d3associates undertook an options appraisal of the Lamplight Arts and Culture Centre in Stanley, to assess the feasibility of Stanley Town Council (STC) taking over the operation and maintenance of the Centre from Durham County Council as part of a community asset transfer.

The initial work was to identify and assess a range of options for enhancing the utilisation and financial sustainability of the Theatre, including reconfiguration of the building for community activities and services. 

The Outcome

d3associates brought together a strong multidisciplinary team to undertake the project. The work included market research to understand the local community’s requirements, a building condition survey and the development of options for the reconfiguration and renovation of the theatre. An outline business plan was prepared along with indicative budget costs for the preferred options.

Works were completed to a tight deadline to assist STC in determining the feasibility of taking over the Arts Centre.