Youngsters get a glimpse of Perth Theatre restoration project

Robertson Construction at Perth Theatre

LOCAL school pupils have had a sneak peek at the restoration work currently taking place at Perth Theatre.

Robertson Tayside, which is leading the £16.6 million construction project, arranged for youngsters from nine local schools to have a tour of the theatre, led by senior project manager Craig Bulloch.

Gemma Nicoll, Group community development manager, Robertson, said, “We created the Robertson Reporters initiative to allow pupils to get an inside look at construction projects, and to help boost their communication skills by asking them to report back to their classmates. This will be our most in-depth Robertson Reporters project yet. It is a unique opportunity for the pupils, and with six visits planned over the life of the project they will be able to see the scale of work goes into a successful construction project, from start to finish.”

Perth & Kinross Council and Horsecross Arts lodged plans to restore the B-listed theatre auditorium to its former glory. A new 200-capacity studio theatre is being designed for “more intimate shows, live music and comedy events and for nurturing new and emerging talent”.

The venue is due to be completed by 2017. The High Street entrance to the building will be retained, with a new frontage created on Mill Street, improving access and facilities for visitors