[ncpm] Re: The National Centre for Pop Music was never for student use & abuse!

  • From: "Marcus O'Hagan" <marcusoh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 01:46:18 -0000

I have done a (great) deal of work on this project already and am here to
help as much as I am able.

I wish to continue to be active in a constructive way.

some serious questions

1. Can we have some more communication about HOW to input to this discussion
and the growth of an effective "winning" output?
* There was a murmer of agreement at the public meeting when I requested
more face to face meetings and a regular forum to meet and progress the
* By the very fact that this group works in cyberspace only (or appears to)
it is exclusive.

2. When is the next meeting of the steering group?
* I suggest we meet at least once a week for the forseeable future, with
others who will be required meet or communicate more often, to progress and
complete the business plan.

3. At the meeting with S1 and YF were they prepared to give any assistance
to the preparation of the business plan / rescue plan which is being
*Running costs "facts" are required for business plans, rents received from
tenants, problems with the buildings.
*Access to the formal "Health and Safety File" for the building would be
helpful. It will contain the manuals for the air conditioning of the
building. It *was* an energy concious, environmentally friendly building
when it was built and should not have the running costs indicated at the
public meeting. We need to find out the real figures.

4. Who is working on the business plan?
* I can input in a variety of ways to this
5. How is this to be drawn together?
* Is this self selecting?
* How else?
6. How is this being done?
* How is this to be progressed.


love to yoose all


are we canvassing local support
Sound Control
Music Studios
I do not have time for the above.

I am already doing some liaising with the press but others seem to be doing
that also

I am at some level in communication with the press and TV and have been for
some months.

can we see the original business plan?
and the subsequent rescue package?
and the subsequent rescue package?
[wouldn't want to make the same mistakes or drop any good ideas!
can we have a rundown with the problems of the build with regard to fire and

and by the way

we are not on a level playing field

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Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 12:09 PM
Subject: [ncpm] The National Centre for Pop Music was never for student use
& abuse!

> Don't let the National Centre for Popular Music get taken over by
> Hallam University Students Union!
> This unique and famous building was built by the people of Sheffield for
> people of Sheffield!
> "Pride in Sheffield" was established to campaign for a "postive and
> sustainable future for the National Centre for Popular Music as a public
> centre for cultural and creative activities."
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: "Bill Best" <billbest@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Here is a copy of the memo that Diana Green [of Sheffield Hallam
> circulated this morning.
> It's meaning is self-evident: we must step up the "Pride In Sheffield"
> campaign.
> Do send letters, emails and faxes to the relevant people.  Do volunteer
> helping with the campaign.  Do talk to your friends, neighbours, family
> work colleagues about this.
> We have a chance of preventing this going through if, and only if, we all
> something about it.
> Cheers.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Green, Diana
> Sent: 23 October 2002 10:00
> Subject: VCs Bulletin No 15: Relocation of School of Cultural Studies
> Board of Governors decides to invest #17m in relocating Cultural Studies
> the City Centre
> I am writing to let you know about one of the decisions made by the
> University's Board of Governors at its meeting on 22 October 2002.  The
> decision is a vote of confidence in the School and the University.
> Background
> The School of Cultural Studies is one of the University's star performers.
> It is a major international centre of research and
> teaching excellence.  It has been described as "the Royal College of Art
> the North" and is involved in a developing partnership with the
> Royal College and other premier centres of the creative arts in the UK.
> the recent Research Assessment Exercise, it secured a top rating
> of 5 for both Art and Design and History and an excellent grade of 4 for
> English.  It is one of the leading centres in the University in
> respect of the commercialisation of research.  In the past four years,
> commercial and public organisations have provided over #1m worth of
> funding to support Art and Design research.  Students of the School in the
> jewellery area are currently competing to design a new mace for
> the University, sponsored by the Sheffield Assay Office and celebrating
> University's 10th Anniversary.
> The School also has an excellent teaching record.  It had one of the first
> nationally recognised teaching Fellows (Professor Peter
> Hartley).  It has over 2000 full-time students, 500 part-time students and
> nearly 100 research students and over 100 academic staff.
> The School is currently split between two of the University's campuses,
> Collegiate Crescent and Psalter Lane.  The campus at Psalter Lane is
> geographically isolated from the rest of the University and the
> facilities are the poorest in the University's current portfolio of
> buildings.  Staff have rightly complained over many years of the extent to
> which this strains their ability to deliver a first class
> educational experience to their students.  In the last year, staff have
> written frequently to me, asking me to make the Board of Governors
> aware of their concerns.  I have done so.
> The decision
> At its meeting on 10 July, 2001, the Board of Governors considered the
> for tackling this issue and finding a new and more appropriate home for
> School. They agreed, in principle, to the relocation and charged me with
> conducting a review of fully costed relocation options.  These were
> considered by the Finance and Employment
> Committee at its meeting on 28 September and the full Board at its
> meeting on 22 October 2002.
> Acknowledging that the existing facilities at Psalter Lane can no longer
> realistically meet staff and student needs, the University's Governors
> discussed the significant opportunities that a city centre base will
> Relocating the School to a city centre site offers both a strategic
> opportunity for the University and a substantial contribution to the
> regeneration of "creative Sheffield".  It also opens up exciting new
> possibilities for closer collaboration between the School and other
> on the City campus, and the opportunity of capitalising on the
> creative arts, science and technological expertise.
> The proposed location
> We hope to use the site, currently occupied by the Students Union, to
> create a new landmark building opposite Sheffield's railway station.  This
> puts the School, like the University, at the heart of the city and
> the City Council's proposal to transform this major gateway to the city.
> will also contribute to the further development of a "cultural and
> corridor" in the Sheaf valley, linking the Cultural Industries Quarter to
> the proposed e-Campus.
> This means finding a new home for our Students Union.  In order to
> the proposed development, the Board of Governors has asked me to open
> negotiations with Yorkshire Forward for the acquisition of
> the building which housed the former National Centre of Popular Music
> to provide them with a new home.  The Union have responded
> positively to this proposal and the Union's President, Ben Shenton,
> has said that it will offer the Union an exciting opportunity that may
> ensure that the NCPM building continues to play a role in
> Sheffield's provision of live music.
> Should negotiations over the acquisition not be successful, an alternative
> will be found.
> The decision to invest in this new building is the largest single
> investment made by the University in its buildings since the Stoddart
> building, opened in 1998.  It underlines the confidence of the
> Board in the University's future success.
> Professor Diana Green
> Vice-Chancellor
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Due to these recent developments and a rapid progression of the campaign
> are looking for individuals and organisations who are willing to:
> Work for free
> Maintain enthusiasim for the aims of Pride in Sheffield
> Committ themselves to the representation of the artistic communities of
> Sheffield
> Ensure they remain reliable, honest and trustworthy
> Ensure any personal agenda does not compromise the aims of the Pride in
> Sheffield campaign
> DESIRABLE (One or more of the following)
> Maintain the campaign group mailing list
> Communicate on a regular basis with the campaign group via email and
> telephone
> Maintain existing campaign activities
> Organise and co-ordinate new and creative campaign activities
> Organise and attend regular meetings for campaign organisers
> Organise and attend regular PUBLIC meetings for the campaign group
> Work effectively with the press and media to promote the Pride in
> campaign
> Speak and write on behalf of Pride in Sheffield
> Apply their knowledge and understanding of the local cultural and creative
> industries sector to the benefit of the Pride in Sheffield campaign
> Establish and develop positive relationships with key individuals in local
> and regional organisations
> Conduct regular research (Press, internet, corporate literature etc.) to
> ensure campaign organisers can work with correct and up-to-date
> If anyone is interested in getting involved in the ways outlined above
> please can they email <prideinsheffield@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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