DanceCity, Newcastle, Malcolm Fraser Architects

Calum worked within a team at Malcolm Fraser Architects and supported the Project Architect, from inception to completion. Involved in all aspects of the project such us developing the brief; concept design and construction phase input. Areas of detailed co-ordination included the theatre design and fit out and the central social space design which responded to detailed requirements of the Fire Engineer.


DanceCity was part of a wider redevelopment masterplan for the Graingertown area of Newcastle. DanceCity specifically targets youth and underprivileged users to take part in all forms of dance, with a strong programme of Street and Breakdance. The design strategy was developed around the notion of ‘dance for all,’ so how to make a place that feels relevant and welcoming to users of any age, gender, culture and income level. A central light-filled social space forms the heart to the building, setting a sociable tone, from which all spaces are accessed. This space is designed to accommodate informal and impromptu performances where all users feel connected and involved. The Café, being a familiar and comfortable part of the building, is intentionally this first space to present itself. Practically, the materials and consideration of the details provide a hard wearing and low maintenance building.

DanceCity, Building Design by Matthew Turner


Location:  DanceCity, St James’ Boulevard, Newcastle

Client:  DanceCity

Completed:  September 2005

Contract value:  £4.75m

Contract type:  Design & Build

Contractor:  Shepherd Construction

Greatest challenge:  Delivering the social and robustness requirements demanded of a charity client that needs to operate on a slim budget with a bold social agenda.

BREEAM:  Excellent


RIBA Award

Hadrians Award

Lord Mayors Design Award: New Build Category

Brick Awards: finalist

Photography: Morley Von Sternberg