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Press release date 
Mon 14 Nov 2011

Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre’s new home in central Leeds has won a second award in the space of only a week. On Friday 11 November it was awarded the 2011 Civic Building of the Year award by the Society of Chief Architects for Local Authorities (SCALA). The award was made jointly to Jacobs Architecture, for Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre, and Stanton Williams for Wiltshire Council Offices.

Shortlisted from 112 submissions, the purpose built centre for dance claimed the award at a ceremony in Leeds on Friday. This is the third award for the building and comes hot on the heels of the National Lottery Award's Best Arts Project 2011 announced last week at a glittering ceremony broadcast live on BBC 1and, in October, the Design Excellence Award at the 2011 Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards.

Mark Skipper, Chief Executive of Northern Ballet said: “This triple success for our new home is recognition of all the hard work and determination which went into creating it. It is a brilliant space which has changed the lives of all the people who work at Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre as well as the hundreds of young people who come here to train with our academies and the many more who dance with us for fun. It’s open to the public on a daily basis so if you haven’t seen it yet please come and visit.”

The SCALA Civic Building of the Year Award is a national celebration of the cream of public sector architecture. It aims to inspire and promote the high quality of work carried out in the public sector and gives evidence to the depth of design and management skills available to create such stylish and practical solutions

The building is the largest centre for dance in the UK outside London and accommodates the largest dance studio in Europe. The recognition comes as the companies celebrate their first anniversary in their new home. The building officially opened in January 2011 when more than 2,500 people attended the opening celebrations. Since then both companies have created new dance productions in their new home and toured these around the UK, provided world-class dance training to more than 200 young people through their respective academies and welcomed thousands of people of all ages to classes and performances. 

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