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Issue No 541 £2.00 16 November - 29 November 2010 news & jobs updated daily online Circulation 23,035 £10m donation for National Theatre redevelopment By Pete Hayman

Plans for a £70m overhaul of the National Theatre (NT), London, have been boosted with a £10m donation from board member Lloyd Dorfman. The philanthropic gift from

Dorfman – the founder and chair of foreign currency exchange group Travelex – will form the "cornerstone" of the organisation's drive to raise funds for the NT Future project. London-based architects

Haworth Tompkins have worked in partnership with the theatre on the development proposals, which is designed to open up the iconic South Bank venue to a wider audience.

which has made world class drama more accessible. "Individual and corporate

support is vital to building on London's leadership in the arts and I hope others will join me in wanting to build on the National's role at the heart of modern theatre and sustaining it long into the future." NT director Nicholas Hytner

Development plans aim to open up the venue to a wider audience Following the £10m

donation, the NT has an- nounced that the Cottesloe Theatre is to be renamed the Dorfman Theatre upon completion of the scheme.

Dorfman said: "I've been

privileged to play a leading role at the National Theatre over the past eight years, in particular with the pioneering Travelex £10 Tickets season,

Work underway on Herts extreme sports facility New Hemel Hempstead venue set to include a 60m x 15m indoor climbing area

By Tom Walker

Work has begun on an extreme sports and arts venue in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. The Sportspace, Dacorum

Sports Trust scheme, which is working under an operating name of Extreme Connexions, is due to open In July 2011. The development, which is

being built on disused land will also feature a music recording studio, a band rehearsal room and an internet cafe as well a teen focused health centre with counselling rooms.



area – supplied by Entre-Prises – and one of the largest indoor, combined timber and concrete skate parks in the UK. GB Building Solutions has

The centre is scheduled to open to the public in 2011

The proposed centre, which

has secured £5m from the government, will also include a 60m x 15m indoor climbing


been appointed to manage the build and will work closely with Sportspace and the Youth Connexions Service to create work experience and learning opportunities for Young People throughout the build process. Dave Cove, chief executive of

Dacorum Sports Trust said: "Its going to be a brilliant facility and we are very excited to see it coming together."


added: "When we were first introduced to Lloyd Dorfman in 2003, it quickly became clear that his far-sighted spirit and vision were a perfect match for Travelex £10 Tickets. "But I never dreamt that his

involvement with the National would have such a far-reaching and transformational effect."

HLF measures to help bidders

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will reduce match funding requirements as part of new measures to help applicants. Bidders seeking grants

worth more than £1m will now only have to secure 10 per cent of total project costs in match funding, and only 5 per cent for grant requests under £1m. Meanwhile, the total

cost of maintenance and management will also be included as part of match funding requirements.

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