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Shetland's Music & Cinema Venue
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Mareel is Shetland's forthcoming Music & Cinema Venue, due to open in late 2010. This multi purpose music, cinema, arts and education space will include a performance auditorium, cinema, recording studio, rehearsal rooms, multi media production suite, lecture theatre, education facilities and a cafe bar.

Music, cinema, arts and education are vital to Shetland's future and sustainability; for now and for generations to come....

For more on Mareel, send a message, leave a comment or email info@mareel.org
Main auditorium
Capacity of around 700 standing without stage extended, 600 standing with stage, 250 seated, balcony with space for a further 85 people seated. This flexibility will make it ideal for a range of performances inc bands, DJs, dance and drama. A powerful PA and comprehensive lighting rig will be built in. Acoustics have been a prime design consideration
Seated capacity of around 160 with space for wheelchairs, featuring digital projectors and surround sound. The cinema will also act as a multi media performance area
Recording studio
Live rooms suitable for recording a variety of groups and bands; a control room kitted out with the latest digital recording equipment
Rehearsal areas
Rooms for range of rehearsal uses inc bands, DJs and drama groups. Sprung floors will make it suitable for dance groups too
Multi media production suite
Film, TV, web design, animation, digital arts and music production suites
Education facilities
Mareel is designed with education in mind: the cinema doubles as a lecture theatre, the recording studio has a large control room to accommodate students, the PA and lighting rig can be used to train students in situ, the multi media suite is suitable for training and there is a dedicated 30 seat teaching room/ 2nd cinema screen. Mareel will be one of the few facilities in the UK to offer 'on the job' training in a working venue
Cafe bar
The split level cafe bar will offer a range of food and drink, with free Internet access and Wi Fi

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  • Contract signed, Mareel construction can begin

    The Board of Shetland Arts Development Agency has today announced that construction on Shetland's new Music, Cinema and Education venue will start in a matter of weeks.

    The announcement follows the conclusion of a range of minor land acquisition issues and the signing of the contract with DITT Construction Ltd to build Mareel.

    Shetland Arts is also pleased to announce the appointment of Ewan Balfour of H James Nisbet, Lerwick as the new Project Manager acting on behalf of Shetland Arts to see the project through this final crucial stage.

    Gwilym Gibbons, Director of Shetland Arts said: "I and the Mareel Project Board are delighted that building can now begin on Mareel. It has been a long journey with many twists, turns and hurdles. There will be more, but it feels like we are now very much on the home straight. I believe that our local team in form of Ewan Balfour, DITT Construction Ltd, Peter Johnson Partnership through their collaboration with Gareth Hoskins Architects and David Adamson and Partners are all ideally placed to ensure this next and final phase runs as smoothly as possible".

    Shetland Arts plans to hold a small celebration on Mareel site in May to mark the beginning of this final phase of the project. Further details will follow in coming weeks.

    (posted by Bryan Peterson - Music Development Officer, Shetland Arts)

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  • Mareel construction contract agreed with DITT Construction Ltd

    At a Board Meeting of Shetland Arts Development Agency on Monday evening (26 January 2009) Trustees of Shetland Arts agreed to proceed to contract DITT Construction Ltd to build Mareel, Shetland’s new music, cinema and education venue. The decision comes after a period of careful examination of the project to identify any potential savings in the construction methods and materials along with any costs that may have been missed.

    The conclusion is that Mareel can be built within budget. A construction contract for Mareel will be awarded to DITT Construction Ltd for just over £10 million (£10,022,019), a figure that includes a £300,000 contingency.

    Gwilym Gibbon, Director of Shetland Arts said: "I would like to thank DITT Construction Ltd and our design team for all their work to date which has brought us to a very important stage in the development of this project. The constructive partnership approach that all have adopted over recent months has been welcomed. No stone was left unturned to ensure we maximise value for money on this project. No significant changes have been made in the design, sizes or number of spaces in the building".

    Donald Murray, Chair of Shetland Arts said: "It is with great pleasure that Shetland Arts can now move forward on the construction of Mareel with DITT Construction Ltd as our partner. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work of the Design Team and DITT Construction Ltd in getting us to this stage. I would also like to thank all those in Shetland who have been eagerly awaiting news on the final costs of Mareel for their patience. I hope it has been appreciated that it was not wise for us discuss openly the negotiations with DITT, sub-contractors and the Design Team through this period. It was important that Shetland Arts and DITT agreed on a final figure before going public in any way".

    He went on to say “DITT Construction Ltd are an excellent local firm which has demonstrated high levels of craftsmanship in some of Shetland’s most prestigious building projects. Mareel will be a fitting neighbour to DITT’s most recent award winning major project the Shetland Museum and Archives”.

    Gibbie Irvine, Managing Director of DITT Construction Ltd said “We are delighted to have been appointed contractor for the Mareel project. A huge amount of time and effort was spent in preparing our tender submission and subsequent discussions with the Project Team, and it is therefore very satisfying to have that commitment rewarded. As a major employer, the award of the contract will assist in securing the continued employment of our workforce and a continuation of our apprenticeship training programme. We look forward to working with the Shetland Arts Project Team to bring this exciting project forward.”

    Gary Johnson, Director, Gareth Hoskins Architects said: “Shetland is a unique place and it has been a real delight to work on such an important project and even more satisfying to know that it will be built by a local contractor. Projects of this nature are complex and challenging; they require a significant contribution and commitment from many people. We now have a positive way forward which is testament to the continued dedication of all those involved”.

    Gareth Hoskins added: “I have no doubt that when complete, Mareel will be a striking addition to Lerwick’s waterfront and provide a wonderful range of purpose built facilities that will contribute to and enhance Shetland’s cultural reputation and musical heritage for many generations to come. It is a project with which we are all very proud to be involved”.

    Gwilym Gibbons, added: "I believe that DITT Construction Ltd will do Shetland proud. They have a track record for delivering great buildings and I am sure that Mareel will be no exception. It is an additional bonus that a local contractor has won the contract given the local knowledge they will bring to the proje

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  • £2.8 million from ERDF completes Mareel's funding package

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    A Shetland arts project is using major European investment to create the first multi-media and arts venue on the remote island community, which is aiming to become a centre of excellence for international creativity.

    Situated on the Lerwick waterfront, the £12m purpose-built facility - known as Mareel - has secured around £2.8million in funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which will transform the community’s current cultural offering with a world-class creative industries centre.

    Led by Shetland Arts Development Agency (SADA), Mareel will incorporate a multi-purpose music, cinema, arts and education facility, which will act as a catalyst to stimulate the economic and cultural development of Shetland.

    This is one of 65 projects across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland already benefiting from European Structural Funds since the 2007-13 Programmes started last year.

    Mareel will attract, retain and nurture new creative talent in Shetland, building on the rich creative heritage, landscape and growing creative community that makes Shetland the very special place that it has become.

    It will comprise a 330 seat performance auditorium, accommodating up to 700 people for a standing concert and a 159 seat digital cinema. The venue will also provide much needed rehearsal space for music, dance and drama, a state-of-the-art recording studio and digital media production suite, as well as training and education facilities and a café bar – all of which will be available for the whole Shetland community to use and benefit from.

    Gwilym Gibbons, director of SADA, said: “Mareel will provide a creative hub and focus for our very special creative community and Shetland as a whole will benefit from a unique, state-of-the-art facility. Mareel will enhance lives and enable those visiting, living and returning to our islands to have a place to develop new skills and fulfil their creative potential and ambitions.

    “Mareel is about more than the building and the facilities – it’s about stimulating the Shetland economy by attracting people to live, work and study in our islands. It will enable us to strengthen our links with further education centres nationally and abroad, and will help us support cultural tourism to the area.”

    An Economic Impact Study (EIS) on Mareel, commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, highlighted that 52 full time jobs could be created as a result of the new facility. The EIS found that the project would have positive effects on population, retention of young people and raising the profile of Shetland and the Highlands and Islands internationally in the creative industries, building links with other countries.

    Commenting on the support given to the Mareel project, Enterprise Minister Jim Mather said: “The Scottish Government is keen to ensure all our efforts are focused on creating a more successful country through increased sustainable economic growth.

    “That’s why European funding for projects such as Mareel can be beneficial. These awards help stimulate investment and job creation – something which is particularly important in the current economic climate.

    “I wish all involved with Mareel every success as this exciting project develops.”

    Gary Johnson, director at Gareth Hoskins Architects, commented: “Shetland is a unique place with a world renowned reputation for its musical heritage. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Shetland Arts on the design for a building that will contribute to the ongoing development and appreciation of such a key part of Shetland’s cultural landscape.”

    Lerwick’s developing cultural quarter is already home to the new award winning museum and archives, digital media businesses, architects and artists. Mareel will strengthen what is becoming an internationally competitive cluster of businesses built on innovation and creative talent.

    The venue w

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  • Mareel

    We're happy to say that Mareel is on time and on budget - http://www.shetlandarts.org/first-im... - and due to open in spring 2011 as planned

  • Gafyn Reynolds
    Gafyn Reynolds

    a wee tad behind schedule i hear from the boys accross the road....

  • Steven Walker

    thot id say hi since im 1 o th builders lol

  • Joe Morrison
    Joe Morrison

    im not saying that it is was the reason. but i dont understand why lerwick has to have another cafe, thats all.

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  • Mareel

    Sorry to hear about your job Joe, but the forthcoming cafe/bar in Mareel isn't the reason for the Clickimin cafe closure. Here's a link to a recent article on the subject http://tinyurl.com/qogd2r

  • Joe Morrison
    Joe Morrison

    ok, so im out of a job at clickimin because the cafes closing. lots of cafes in shetland have to be funded for. why why why why do we need a cafe in here? its ridiculous!!! its putting other cafes like islesburgh under more competition and thats such a bad thing. lerwick doesnt need another place to eat!!?

  • Daniel Hughson
    Daniel Hughson

    who wouldant want mareel to open? ashley leaper .... am gonna talk to you at skl :L

  • Bekahh.

    I think That This is a GREAT idea ,,, When they get it up and running we should get taylor swift "!!!! :) :) Bye !

  • Mareel

    Hi Ashley; in response to your points The cinema doesn't have to operate at near capacity to cover its costs. The business plan takes into account a large number of screenings with a relatively small number of attendees There aren't any extra dates available in the Garrison diary. It's a busy theatre and transferring screenings to Mareel will free up much needed dates for the Garrison's intended uses such as drama and dance Shetland Arts, who will operate Mareel, is a charity. Years have been spent raising funding for Mareel, around 50% of which comes from sources outside Shetland. We can't just 'donate' the funding to another charity Hope that helps Bryan Peterson (Shetland Arts)

  • Dusty

    I dont think this is a good idea - yes i think we need a better music venue, But we dont need the rest of it. We dont need a cinema, u go down south and see all these cinemas u go in and there is lyk 10 ppl scattered around one huge big room, if there is a bigger demand for films couldnt they do more viewings in the garrison??? This is a BIG waste of money, and could go towards something alot more NEEDING and MEANINGFUL. Cant u donate some of it to charity or something and just build a better music venue that has a recording studio and whatnot?????

  • Gafyn Reynolds
    Gafyn Reynolds

    I'm still not convinced that this is a good idea, fair enough, it's going to create and safeguard jobs in the building trade for at least the next 2 years. But what about after that? The way I see it is that if a cinema/music venue was ever going to be a success in Shetland then the North Star would still be open and we all know when the cinema side of the business had to be closed down. I honestly can't see it working what with the current financial climate when people and families are tightening the purse strings to try and save cash. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see it be a success but I just can't see it happening. Along with the new Anderson High School, I think it's going to be a collossal waste of money.

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  • Steven Stove
    luv Steven Stove

    we realy need this its somthing to give entertainment to shetland unless your up for looking through the same old shops of our great old highstreet or to our same old pubs we go to waste our money every weekend . if you think this is going to be a waste of money then tell me what the councel is going to spend their money on . i hear they are planning to spend over 100,000 on garden alotments ... so tell me wich is more benificial for shetland. a garden alotment for like 9 people or a music/cinema venue with full facilities for different events so thecouncel should spend the money son somthing for the majority of the people and not waste it.

  • luv Lui'Ci

    Shetland caters very well for sports, but for music and drama there is nowhere consistent.. Halls out in the middle of the country with very limited bus services and not great sound quality, and the old Garrison Theatre - for a population of over 23,000 more is needed than a stage with a removable screen. I don't get why all these opponents are getting high and mighty about this - halls will still be used, but perhaps for what they are meant for: small, local events. And the Garrison won't be abandoned anyway, if it's not making the money once Mareel's in place I'm sure another use will be easily found. Shetland makes the majority of its collective income from tourism, but at the moment it may be seen to be outdated for young travellers so seems to be limited to older tourists. The introduction of facilities that are common of this century would change that. To AC/DC guy below, Hayseed Dixie have played in Shetland before - wouldn't you like good sound quality if you saw them?