Two existing Worcester venues are to merge to create a new performing-arts centre for the city.

Negotiations are currently underway regarding the purchase of the city's former Scala Theatre - which closed its doors in 1973 - and the neighbouring grade II-listed Corn Exchange.

Plans revealed by Worcester City Council would see the buildings come together to create a single venue for theatre, music and events.

The city's Swan Theatre, meanwhile, is set to move from its current home on the Moors to a new venue.

The developments are part of a five-year project to regenerate the northern part of the city centre, for which the council received £17.9million from the government's Future High Streets Fund. An additional  £11million has been contributed by the local authority and other partners.

Other city-centre changes forming part of the project include the building of new homes, improving pedestrian and cycling access, and the creation of additional leisure facilities.