‘Help us upgrade the Radcliffe for the community’

MP4 playing at the Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham
MP4 playing at the Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham
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THE Radcliffe Centre needs an urgent upgrade of its interior and the university is seeking donations to foot the £350,000 bill.

The centre, a Grade II listed Victorian church, is long overdue an update. Built in 1857, it was last refurbished back in 1982 by the university, with help of a generous donation from the John Radcliffe Trust.

The intention is to refurbish the interior to transform the centre into a multi purpose space fit for the 21st Century. Work will begin in October and be completed in January 2012. The university plans not only to create a state-of-the-art learning space to fulfil the urgent demand of a lecture hall for teaching students in groups of 70-plus, but also to use the upgrade to continue to provide a wonderful concert and theatre venue for the university and local community alike.

To achieve this vision, the centre needs new seating, new black-out curtains and blinds, a new heating system, improved lighting, and a more welcoming entrance lobby. The university will install raked upholstered seating, change the configuration of the interior and replace the fixed stage with a removable stage that can be sorted under the seating. Full audio-visual equipment will also be installed. All of this will cost money.

The university is planning to close the Radcliffe Centre for the refurbishment in October and re-open again in February, when it will hold a couple of concerts, where the local rock star Bernie Marsden will perform.

The university is seeking donations from local people, alumni, and from anyone who treasures the Radcliffe Centre. The bill for the upgrade is £350,000. For £50 you can have your name and a message in the foyer, for £200 you can have a name on a new chair. If you can help, please either donate online at www.buckingham.ac.uk/ubfoundation/howtodonate/caf or contact the development office, Yeomanry House, University of Buckingham, Hunter Street, Buckingham, MK18 1EG. Telephone 01280 814080.