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Lancaster Grand Theatre

Project description

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.

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.

Innovations & added value

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.

Once planning approval is obtained, a major fund raising campaign will begin with the aim of raising the additional £1.5 million by 2020 when construction work is planned to begin. Read more on supporting Lancaster Grand Theatre.


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