New Event Space to 'round' off Award-Winning Venue
Work will get underway next week to transform the rooftop level of award-winning cultural venue The Word into a new events space.
The area - named The Round - will feature a full programme of events and will be able to host up to 150 people.
Work is expected to take around three months, during which time The Word will remain open and operate as usual.
Councillor John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: "Work will be ongoing during opening hours and every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum.
"Once complete, this is going to be a fabulous space that will complement the existing facilities which have proved so popular since the building opened.
"It will host anything from murder mystery nights and poetry slams to children's theatre, writers' workshops and literary quiz nights.
The viewing terrace will remain open to the public while the work is ongoing.
Construction contractor KPS Ltd, which is part of the Bowmer and Kirkland Group, who delivered The Word, will complete the build.
Since opening in October 2016 The Word has enjoyed phenomenal success, welcoming almost half a million visitors, hosting hundreds of events, performances and writing workshops, attracting leading authors, delivering major exhibitions and winning numerous top industry awards.