12:47 Wednesday 22 January 2014

Arts centre future set for a spring update

Written byROB SMYTH

A DETAILED proposal outlining the future of Burton’s Brewhouse arts centre is scheduled to be presented in the spring.

East Staffordshire Borough Council revealed it was only months away from receiving a business plan from bosses at The QUAD in Derby.

The news broke after the outgoing chief executive of QUAD, Keith Jeffrey, revealed that high-level work was soon set to be completed on shaping the future of the popular facility.

He told the Mail: “We will be finishing the report and have recommendations ready, as agreed before I go, so no significant change there.

“QUAD still remains very interested in the Brewhouse and Adam Buss (my replacement) is working with me closely on this, and after I leave.”

An enhanced cinema offer and a new cafe/bar were among the visions proposed for a ‘vibrant’ new and improved Brewhouse, in Union Street, after the Mail revealed that Brewhouse owner East Staffordshire Borough Council decided to review the management and operation of the facility last year.

A so-called ‘competitive dialogue’ procurement process was instigated to determine if there was any appetite in the market for an established operator to assist the borough council with the operation of the Brewhouse.

The QUAD emerged as the most attractive option, and it is set to submit proposals for how it can work with the council.

This is split into two phases – first is the QUAD business plan.

Stage two of the process, as outlined by the QUAD, would see it enter into a 10-year agreement with the borough council to deliver the Brewhouse service.

A spokesman for the council said: “The council continues to work closely with the QUAD, expanding what’s on offer at the Brewhouse and evolving its usage.

“We look forward to the QUAD presenting a detailed business plan to the council in early spring.”

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