This afternoon’s Express & Star has the opening date of the £51m The Public arts centre — Sat 28th Jun — and further details of what the building will contain.

It’s been a long time coming, and a winding road to get the place built and open. It’s good to see that it’s been swung back to the arts — since it could have become primarily a Sixth Form college (as the local council desperately wanted), or been sold to a casino chain by the accountants sorting out the financial mess.

Here’s my compilation of some of the earlier ‘visions’ of what used to be c/PLEX, and is now The Public, through the years…

visions of cPLEX through the years