What we do

Our services include:

 

Feasibility studies

Often taking projects from inception to delivery, including for the Model and Niland Art Centre in Sligo, Ovalhouse and Toynbee Studios in London and around setting up a Gaelic theatre company. International projects include the development of a major cultural venue in Istanbul and a new theatre in Dubai.


Capital developments

Including a substantive role in the development of the Roundhouse, from feasibility to delivery from an empty shed to an internationally renowned centre of youth engagement, music and creative innovation and similarly currently Woolwich Arsenal. In recent years, we have supported applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund involving the restoration of key facilities, often through innovative approaches to business, for example Alexandra Palace, and the Stockton Globe, through the Heritage Enterprise Scheme.


Organisational development and change projects

From Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Opera House to Artichoke, Yorkshire Dance and the Abbey Theatre Dublin where BK had a critical role in recovering the theatre from a wholesale crisis in 2004.


Business Planning

Including for Dundee Rep, Glasgow International and Pavilion Dance. For Newcastle Theatre Royal we produced the business plan to optimise its operations when taking over the management of Newcastle City Hall. HLF project business plans include those for Darlington Civic Theatre, Alexandra Palace and the Dome Cinema in Worthing.


Options appraisals

Including governance and operational structures to support the 2021 bid for Paisley to be City of Culture, reinventing the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton following a period of closure, a new theatre policy for the Barbican following the departure of the RSC and the future role of Jazz Services.


Reviews and consultations

For example, national consultation on aspects of Scotland’s cultural policy and the consultation with the music profession in connection with the proposed London concert hall championed by Sir Simon Rattle. For funding bodies and universities, we have reviewed sector specific issues to guide policy recommendations, for example, a review of creative and cultural enterprises for the University of Teesside and a Review of Visual Artists for the Scottish Arts Council. For governments and funding bodies we have undertaken expert independent reviews of organisations and projects including Dublin Contemporary 2011 for the Irish Government,


Collaborative facilitation

Working with diverse artistic and cultural leaders in setting and achieving shared goals, planning and innovations including Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum, the leaders of Greater Manchester orchestras and music organisations, the cultural venues of Edinburgh and all national companies in Wales around a site-specific festival for Wales.