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This project aims to renew and enhance the existing Edwardian Theatre in the centre of Perth and was won in competition in September 2008.
The project focuses on the conservation and restoration of Perth Theatre's historic category 'B' listed Edwardian auditorium. This is one of Scotland's oldest and most historic repertory theatres. The building itself was constructed in 1900 but it is part of a much longer history of theatre in Perth dating back to 1589.
The need to repair and restore the theatre proved the catalyst for a more ambitious plan to address not only all the accessibility and practical needs of a theatre in the 21st Century but also to provide for the aspirations of a vibrant producing theatre with a lively community programme by creating new Performance, Social and Workshop spaces.
The initial briefing following the competition process identified the following key building objectives:
The design proposes the demolition of all the additions built to the east of the original theatre and the creation of a new triple height foyer space which links all levels of the existing and new facilities and contains the bar, restaurant, box office and all social facilities. This foyer is conceived almost as a street linking both the High Street and New Mill Street entrances and from there to the new Concert Hall to the North East of the theatre.
The new studio theatre ' which is a fully flexible flat floored space with retractable seating ' is located at first floor level above the Mill Street entrance. Its reflective metal and glass exterior will be lit to form the principal facade of the new theatre.
Three new workshop/performance rooms are arranged over three floors to the east of the foyer and beneath the studio. These provide multi-purpose rooms for rehearsal and for the thriving youth theatre and community uses.
Around the Brick box of the original theatre we have proposed an eroded drum whose curved walls of white render (edged in stainless steel) give a very visible expression of the place of the theatre both within the foyer and from the High Street. Within these walls we have created the new stair and circulation zones which allow access to the auditorium to be created in a clear and legible way.
The key goal of the scheme is to create simple, legible and accessible routes to all spaces - in contrast to the labyrinthine current layout - set within an uplifting place in which Theatre-goers can enjoy the whole theatre experience.
In early 2013 funding for the project was confirmed and it is now hoped that work will start on site early 2014.
|Architects||Richard Murphy, Bill Black, Dominic George, Guy Scott, Stephen Leonard, Piotr Kmiotczyk|
|M&E Engineers||Buro Happold|
|Quantity Surveyor||Davis Langdon|
|Theatre Consultant||Charcoal Blue|
|Fire Engineer||FEDRA (Buro Happold)|
|Client||Horsecross Arts Ltd.|