Turner & Townsend has been appointed cost manager for the renovation of one of the UK’s oldest theatres.
The £6.5m project is the first major redevelopment of Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre in 30 years, following minor works, that were also managed by Turner & Townsend, 13 years ago.
Built in 1876, the Citizens’ stage has the most complete working Victorian theatre machinery in the UK and the new project will require care to safeguard its architectural features.
Improvements will involve restoration and “substantial” extensions and new build, increasing the theatre’s size by 20%.
Work is set to begin soon with priority given to upgrading the seats in the stalls of the main auditorium. Major construction is expected to follow in 2016/17, subject to funds being secured.
Turner & Townsend director Bruce Frater said: “This is large-scale project and one which will require a delicate balance to ensure the refurbishments undertaken are not only sympathetic to the design of the Grade B listed building but also deliver the best return on investment.”