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- Begun: Jul 2001
- Completed: Oct 2003
- Floor area: 2,890m2
- Sector: Arts and culture
- Total cost: £5.8M
- Funding: Arts Lottery and Local Authority
- Procurement: JCT standard form of contract (Local Authorities with Quantities 1998)
- Address: The Brindley, High Street, Runcorn, WA17 1BG, United Kingdom
- Architect: John Miller + Partners
- Project architects: John Miller, Richard Brearley
- Client: Halton Borough Council
- Theatre consultant: Carr and Angier
- Acoustic engineer: Arup Acoustics
- Access consultant: David Bonnett Associates
- Main contractor: G&J Seddon
- Enabling works contractor: Barry Trentham
- Structural engineer: Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners
- Quantity surveyor: Faithful
- Services engineer: SVM
Theatre and arts centre in Runcorn, located by the Bridgewater Canal. The centre is named after the canal's engineer, James Brindley
The venue consists of a 420-seat main auditorium playing host to touring productions, a pantomime each January, local amateur shows and in-house productions, a 108-seat studio which also serves as a single screen cinema, an exhibition and gallery space, an education room, a dark room, a digital imaging room, dressing rooms, a meeting room, a bar and a café overlooking the Bridgewater Canal.
Halton Borough Council were concerned about the building's impact on the environment and about its energy requirements. Therefore "low energy, high efficiency techniques" were used in its construction. These include a TermoDeck slab system, a storage technique for controlling the environment within large and medium-sized buildings using hollow cores within pre-cast concrete floor slabs as ventilation ducts.