The latest plans for a revamped Powys arts centre have been revealed.

The redevelopment of the Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells is set to cost around £5 million.

Subject to further design developments and planning approval, the construction work will be carried out in a single phase over a period of 18 months.

A Wyeside spokesperson said: “This is due to the additional costs which would be incurred by phasing the work over a longer period, and the inevitable disruption to customers.

“Wyeside plan to continue running a programme of ‘off-site’ activities for the duration of the 12 to 18 month building period, looking instead at using alternative venues.”

Plans for the refurbished arts centre include enhancing the frontage of the building, increasing the usability of the foyer and box office, increasing catering and bar facilities, introducing a third cinema screen and a multi-functional community space.

New spaces for a range of activities that the Grade-II listed building is currently unable to accommodate such as weddings, conferences, exhibitions and offices will be developed as part of the multimillion pound project.

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A new meeting place built above the Market Theatre overlooking the River Wye and soundproofing will be installed to block noises from auditoriums and the busy trunk road.

The Castle Cinema which currently holds 183 seats is proposed to be split into two smaller auditoriums of 77 and 75 seat and will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

The project is funded by the Arts Council for Wales as well as the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-20.

Wyeside has already been in conversation with CADW as well as Powys County Council’s planning & listed building officers, and although the project is still in its early stages and no plans have been submitted, its said the project was well received by all parties.