An IPW… led team including Gardiner & Theobold, AECOM and HOK Architects, were initially appointed by Sefton Council in February 2020, to undertake a feasibility study into the future of the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre (STCC).
The Feasibility Study considered the condition and historic operating performance of the STCC, explored market trends and demand parameters and identified and assessed potential options for redevelopment. The options were progressed to RIBA Stage 0 & 1 and indicative capital costs established.
Following the completion of the Feasibility Study, IPW… developed an Outline Business Case (OBC) for the redevelopment of the site and the design was developed to RIBA Stage 2. The proposed redevelopment includes a high quality and innovative new entertainment and events facility, supported by wider development on the site and a spectacular water and light show on the marine lake.
IPW… supported the Council with its submission to the Towns Fund for Town Deal Funding for the project. The Government allocated £37.5million in funding to Southport in the 2021 Spring Budget.
IPW… and Gardiner & Theobald were appointed by Sefton Council as the Delivery Partner for the project in autumn 2021.
IPW…’s role includes Venue Development Advisory Services, Venue Planning, Funding, Business Case development and Operator Procurement.
Nick Russell, Director at consultancy firm IPW… said:
“The Marine Lake Events Centre will create a cornerstone to the regeneration of Southport calling upon the former successes in both entertainment and conferencing in the town to create a new hub for business, theatre and events. During a very competitive process our team has selected ASM Global as the preferred operator for the project. Their worldwide experience will ensure the operating success of the venue as they have done in many venues across the country.
We look forward to working with them to finalise the scheme and secure MLECs development for the town and the city region.”