Belfast Telegraph

AV Browne appointed as design agency for city's newest arts centre

The MAC, Belfast's newest arts centre, has announced that a company from the city has been appointed as the design agency for the new premises.

The announcement that AV Browne will carry out the work came at the end of a three-stage pitch process which included a number of agencies from across the UK and Ireland. Once opened, the MAC will attract around 177, visitors per year and will play a major role in the ongoing regeneration of the Cathedral Quarter. It will be the only facility in the UK and Ireland which houses theatre, visual arts, dance and education under one roof and will become home to a number of theatre and dance groups from across the city. The MAC's communications director Aine McVerry said that the opening will change the face of the arts and cultural scene in Northern Ireland. "The centre will become a beacon for the city both nationally and internationally," she said. "Our role as the city's leading arts and culture centre means we will play an important part in attracting visitors to Belfast and Northern Ireland. "This, combined with our role as a significant employer, means the MAC will be a key driver for the cultural economy in the region," she added.