DCC: National recognition for Scala

The Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn has been honoured with a special recognition for its community based facilities.

Trustees were presented with a National Panel Special Recognition award by the Civic Trust at an awards evening held at St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

The Awards were established in 1959 and celebrate not only design excellence but also the relationship between structures, places, the environment and communities.

The Award citation for the Scala reads:

“The strength of this project is its strong community base in providing a multi-role facility whilst preserving a well regarded part of the local heritage. The state of the art form production facilities are extensively utilised by local schools and colleges. Community involvement is ongoing and the Scala is stimulating the formation of special interest groups in the community”.

The facility was developed by Denbighshire County Council, with support from Prestatyn Town Council, Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government. The Council also worked closely with the Friends of the Scala, led by Chair Sandra Pitt, in developing plans for the new facility and seeing them come to fruition.

Councillor Rhiannon Hughes, Chair of the Scala Board of Trustees said:

“The Scala is a prime example of how all the agencies involved have worked together with the local community to turn around the fortunes of the building and create a facility of which local people can feel proud.

“The former Scala closed in 2000 due to structural problems and the local community said they wanted to building to be restored. That work began in 2007 with the building officially opened in 2009.

“To be awarded this special recognition in the Civic Trust Awards is a feather in the Scala’s cap and reaffirms the fact that the building is a facility for the local community.”

Facilities at the Scala include two 150 seat digital cinemas (one permanent, one that seating can be moved to create a performance area), cafe bar, meeting rooms and exhibition space.

Source: Denbighshire County Council Press Release

Rhyl Journal: Prestatyn Scala in inspirational building project bid

A REINVENTED High Street attraction is among entries for this year’s prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards.

The Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, in Prestatyn, is in the running for the Community Benefit Award at the ceremony celebrating inspirational building projects.

The project is being seen as helping revitalise Prestatyn town centre, providing access once again to film on a site with local memories of cinema going, training facilities, exhibition spaces with foyers, as well as meeting and training rooms.

Other entries from North Wales include the restoration of an early 20th Century house, a new criminal justice centre, a new visitors’ centre.

The RICS Awards consist of four categories: building conservation; regeneration; sustainability and community benefit. Once again, community benefit has proved to be the most popular category, attracting 36 percent of entries, closely followed by sustainability, a category which has soared in popularity recently with the increased awareness of environmental issues, with 33 per cent, regeneration projects attracted 17 percent of nominations, followed by building conservation which accounted for 14 per cent of the total entries.

Judging will take place during the spring with projects competing in the Welsh heat with winning entrants forming the shortlist for the Grand Final Awards.

The Welsh finals will be held at the Wheldone Building at Bangor University.

Cathy McLean, director of RICS Wales, said: “Despite one of the worst recessions in recent memory, it is great news that so many fantastic projects around Wales have been completed and it is something the local community should be very proud of.”

Source: The Journal – Published date: 02 March 2010 – Published by: Terry Canty