Derby City Council has been working with local civic, development and arts partners to develop a new build visual arts and media centre, QUAD, in Derby city centre. QUAD opened to the public in Autumn 2008.

In 2002 Derby City Council appointed Peter Mount of DPA as QUAD’s Development Director. To date Peter and the DPA team have successfully:
• led the capital fundraising, putting the £11.4 million required in place, in time
• acted as client co-ordinator on design and construction. Construction commenced in late 2006.
• promoted and enabled the successful integration of the two arts partners into the new QUAD organisation
• helped recruit the new board and QUAD’s Chief Executive
• developed structures for management, programming and governance, and preparations for opening and operating the new building

In addition to housing cinemas, galleries and studios, QUAD will act as a focal point for the region's artists and creative groups, as a new focal point for the Market Square, and as an emblem of and catalyst for the city centre’s regeneration.

DPA has been active with Derby City Council developing cultural policy and projects since 1998

For more information on DPA’s involvement click here

QUAD, designed by Fielden Clegg Bradley cost £11.4m. The capital funding included £3.1m (Arts Council England), £2.1m (ERDF), £3.6m (East Midlands Development Agency), and £2.2m from the City Council and other funding sources.

David Powell Associates have been able to add real value to our work through their knowledge and experience of strategic cultural policy and planning, advocacy, project feasibility and project management.
Jonathan Guest, Corporate Director Regeneration and Community, Derby City Council
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