Designed by Foster Wilson Architects, the Parabola Arts Centre is 328 seat auditorium built with minimalist contemporary detail. Prior to purchasing the site, College consulted English Heritage who were enthusiastic about the potential of the building which involved the renovation of an important historic building and the removal of a large 1970s extension. The brand new auditorium, constructed using local Bath stone, is linked via a glass walkway to the grade II* listed Regency stucco villa now beautifully restored to its former glory to provide teaching space, a dance studio, video-editing suite and reception rooms.
At a total cost of £12.5 million, funded in part through generous donations, the PAC was built to be a facility for the Cheltenham Ladies' College and to be used by the local community. Events from the Cheltenham Music, Literature and Science Festivals have all taken place in the first year of opening. As part of the Muic Festival, PAC was especially pleased to welcome James Rhodes who played a fantastic concert on our Fazioli Piano in July 2010. Click here to find out more about James Rhodes.
PAC opens its doors to the general public in February 2011 with the launch of its inaugural Spring Season.
Parabola Arts Centre received a Cheltenham Civic Society Award in 2009 for Best New Building.