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Lancaster Grand Theatre extension

Lancaster, UK
Lancaster Grand Theatre

Detailed design work completed

Culture & Community
2018 - ongoing

The Lancaster Grand was originally opened in 1782. It is the third oldest theatre in the country and is a Grade II listed building run by a charitable organisation.

The proposed extension addresses the sensitivity of both the listed structure and the conservation area environment and will provide a new reception, foyer and rehearsal space and associated alterations for the Lancaster Grand Theatre.

The existing entrance was reoriented to the north-east elevation to create a strong reception space off a new public square. This addresses both the restricted access and the functional improvements, and also creates a significant change in the perception and presence of the theatre in the area.

The internal layout for the new extension is designed to deliver an improvement over the existing operations, whilst generating an efficient and comfortable environment.

The new building is designed as an independent structure. A key feature of which, will be the use of glass to visually ‘separate’ the new and existing elements of the building.

The introduction of a new rehearsal space will provide provisions to the surrounding communities including Lancaster University who have approached the theatre regarding studio space to host workshops, classes and exhibitions.

A major fund raising campaign aims to raise the additional funding. Detailed design work has already been completed and so with a projected cost of £2.84 million, Lancaster Grand Theatre need to raise £2.4 million more to build this new and exciting facility for everyone to enjoy for many years to come.

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