Act Three is currently underway. During this final phase of renovations we are going to create a new, 150 seat, basement venue which can operate independently of the main theatre. We are also going to improve the balcony for audiences by creating new bar and toilets facilities. There will also be a new cut through into the balcony to give audiences easier access to the balcony and a better experience when watching the show with larger, more comfortable seat and more legroom.
Backstage there will be improvements to Restructure dressing rooms to bring them up to modern day standards with shower facilities and heating and re-instate the backstage lift to make all dressing rooms fully accessible. We will renovate and upgrade the stage area installing new communication systems and fly-bars to increase the size and range of shows the theatre can present. The original revolve stage which is one of the largest outside of London will be re-instated.
The contractors for this phase of the refurbishment are John Turner Construction Group.
Established in 1907 they have built some of the most prominent buildings in the North West and have maintained many basic construction principles in areas such as in-house skills and training as well as bespoke manufactured joinery.
The company of today has its headquarters in modern purpose built premises in Preston with other offices in Liverpool and Manchester. John Turner Construction Group continues to be a regional business firmly rooted in the North West.
With divisions covering Construction, Maintenance, Joinery Manufacturing and Electrical Services, the company has acquired a wealth of experience and a proven track record within the construction industry.
They recently completed projects at Edge Hill University and Aintree University Hospital and we are delighted to have them working on this phase with us.
This section of the project will cost £3m and has been funded by donations from a number of sources, including individuals who bought tickets for shows at the theatre. The largest grant was from Arts Council England’s Large Capital Grants Funding Programme who committed £2m to the project. Other major contributors include Liverpool City Council, The Garfield Weston Foundation and Liverpool John Moores University.