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Project Description

The Civic & Cultural Quarter (CCQ) scheme in Doncaster is transforming a 22 acre site on the edge of the town centre. Muse developed a comprehensive masterplan for the scheme and secured outline planning consent in 2009.

The landmark £230 million development is delivering new leisure and civic buildings as well as new town centre homes and high quality public realm. At the heart of the development, ‘Cast’ is a brand new cultural and leisure destination. Along with the performance venue, the first phase of development at Doncaster CCQ included new 157,500 sq ft civic offices for Doncaster Council, a new public square and a refurbished 850-space multi-storey car park.

Planning consent for a development of 97 one and two bedroom houses adjacent to this first phase was secured in January 2013 and we are now on site with the first phase of 54 new homes, a development known as ‘The Gables’. The main contractor for this phase of development is sister company, Lovell.

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‘Cast’ is a dynamic, cultural hub, tied to the communities of Doncaster and the region. It offers a wide-ranging programme of events and activities. Operated by an independent trust, and jointly funded by Doncaster Council and Arts Council England, it opened to the public on 6 September 2013.


In terms of both design and construction, the performance venue was a highly complex building and one of the major challenges involved establishing a clear brief that all parties could work to. Muse also had to convince the Arts Council (who provided £2 million of funding) that its Design & Build procurement route would deliver a quality building. Finally, our partners within Doncaster Council were adamant that the performance venue should be delivered at the same time as its new civic offices which were under construction on an adjacent site. This involved project managing three different construction companies working with complex structures in confined areas.


“… this is a strong example of good practice on Muse and the Council’s part. The project was handled very well and Muse has played a major part in its success.”

Paul Lamb, Jackson Coles
Construction advisor to The Arts Council


“A key reason we have been able to progress this scheme is the working relationship that has developed between Doncaster Council and Muse. The strength of this partnership has enabled us to work together to effectively overcome barriers to delivery. Muse is a first class partner to work with.”

Scott Cardwell
Assistant Director for Development, Doncaster Council


Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council


Trustees of the Cast theatre group


Development was funded by Muse and Doncaster Council with the support of a £2 million Arts Council grant. The project is supported financially by the European Union, as part of the European Regional Development Fund’s support for the region’s economic development.1