BUILDING ON SUCCESS

DETAILED PLANS FOR THE AUDITORIUM (Phase 1A)

The auditorium upgrade is now fully funded, and scheduled to take place between June and September 2019.  The Design Team are currently finalising RIBA stage 4 plans for the construction work, with the main contract due to go out to tender in February.

Discussions are also underway with specialist theatre seating companies, to consider options for replacing the main block of raked seating, and to look at new seating solutions for the side balconies that will ensure good sightlines along with general comfort and easy access.  The choice of supplier will be made by February.

The auditorium will close in mid-June, and is due to re-open at the beginning of September.  The Eastgate café, studio and other ground floor spaces will remain open while this work takes place, apart from a short period (around two weeks) when the contractor will require  access to heating and ventilation equipment in the ground floor area.

OPTIONS FOR THE FOYER (Phase 1B)

We are currently seeking support from three potential funders – with the aim of securing a significant additional sum which would allow us to include some major improvements to the foyer as part of the overall contract.  Top priorities are:

  • A new, easily accessed main entrance with automatic doors and internal draught lobby
  • A larger footprint for the café, extending the glass wall right along the building’s east side to the stage doors
  • Further improvements to heating and ventilation throughout the building – including upgrades to gas boilers and to the building energy management system

FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS (Phase 2)

Once these improvements have been successfully delivered, we hope to be able (subject to funding) to move on to Phase 2 of the Eastgate Development Project.  This stage will focus on further changes to the ground floor – especially upgrading public toilets, increasing office space, and enhancing elements of the studio space – and could take place as early as 2020.

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