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Architect and Design Team appointed for York Theatre Royal Development

York Theatre Royal has announced the appointment of architect and design team, De Matos Ryan, who will work on the Capital re-development project that will see the theatre’s public spaces transformed during 2015.

York Theatre Royal announced in January that it had successfully got through the Stage One application process of the Arts Council’s large scale capital grants. It received financial support to enable it to develop the project in more detail and secure a grant of £2.9 million from the Arts Council Capital Lottery Fund. De Matos Ryan will be key in working with stakeholders in the region to work up design ideas that will add to the buildings rich architectural heritage. These ideas will contribute to the Stage Two application process, due to be submitted in March 2014.

De Matos Ryan is an award-winning architectural practice headed by partners Angus Morrogh-Ryan and José Esteves de Matos. Founded in 1999 the practice combines expertise in architecture, landscape and interiors to create imaginative and well-detailed modern environments, producing work on a variety of scales. They are known for making highly innovative and practical interventions, which have a high impact not only in terms of their attention to detail, material & spatial quality but also in the emotional and tactile response that they encourage from end users. At the heart of each commission is an interest in discovering the deeper narrative of its community, which becomes the seed for how a design is developed. Their work bridges the gap between artistic and technical innovation in design and the commercial realities of development, with extensive experience in refurbishment and adaptation of heritage/listed buildings using an appropriate juxtaposition of contemporary interventions. Having recently completed Christopher's bar and restaurant, a stalwart of the Covent Garden dining, De Matos Ryan is currently working on the refresh project for Sadler's Wells Theatre, the UK's leading dance house.

York Theatre Royal were excited by the quality of the architectural practices who tendered for the project and after an interview process were thrilled to bring De Matos Ryan on board.

Liz Wilson, Chief Executive, York Theatre Royal said: ‘We are delighted to have appointed De Matos Ryan to lead a design team that will work with York Theatre Royal to transform the theatre for the city. They are an outstanding architectural practice with experience of working with theatres and with heritage buildings. Our plans are all about improving the audience experience and providing the city with some of the best theatre buildings in the country, so we are looking forward to sharing our design proposals with the citizens of York as they develop over the coming months.’

Angus Morrogh-Ryan, Director, De Matos Ryan said: ‘We are delighted to be embarking on this exciting project with York Theatre Royal and its community. The opportunity to add yet another layer to its rich history is a privilege and we look forward to delivering a world-class theatre for the city of York that fosters creativity, improves access and widens audience engagement.’

14th October 2013

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