BURTON’S Brewhouse Art Centre could be set for a prosperous future under proposals for the QUAD in Derby to take over the running of the popular facility.
The proposal originated after Brewhouse owners East Staffordshire Borough Council decided to review the management and operation of the arts centre early 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 further developing and improving the operation of the Brewhouse.
The QUAD emerged as the most attractive option and it has now submitted proposals for how it can work with the council.
This is split in to two phases – phase one would commence next month and run until March, 2014 and see the QUAD conduct an initial research and development process and devise a business plan.
Stage two of the process, as outlined by the QUAD, would see it enter into a 10-year agreement with the council to deliver the Brewhouse service.
Bernard Peters, deputy leader for service commissioning at the borough council, told the Mail why the link-up with the QUAD was such as attractive option.
He said: “We know the QUAD in Derby has established itself as a place to go for cinema and the arts and they are going to have a look at what we have to offer in Burton and give us advice and help freshen up our offer in terms of culture and the performing arts.
“What we ultimately want is to improve the offer and evolve the current usage and make it an attractive option for people who have never been before. That can only be for the good.
“It would not be the son of QUAD or QUAD part two – it would still be the Brewhouse.
“We as a council don’t stand still. I think the time is right for a change but that does not mean there will be one.”
Sal Khan, head of service commissioning at the borough council, confirmed that at the end of phase one of the process with the QUAD, the council could decide to continue running the Brewhouse itself but utilising the operating model suggested by the QUAD.
He said: “We can see what comes out of the research phase and then evaluate things. A report will be produced at six months and we could decide to go forward ourselves with the ideas learned from the research.”
In a report to the council’s cabinet, Mr Khan says the QUAD’s tender submission requests a 70/30 profit share in favour of the QUAD.
The council would still be contributing revenue support of £165,000 but expected increased revenues as a result of the QUAD’s involvement would reduce this, according to the report.
The report also outlines potential requirements for capital investment that the QUAD has already outlined – this being the cinema facility and the café/bar area.
The proposals for the link-up with the QUAD will be discussed by the council’s cabinet at Burton Town Hall on Monday.