As Coventry’s year as ‘City of Culture’ rapidly approaches, we are pleased to announce that the Phase 1 stage of The Belgrade Theatre’s 18-month refurbishment is now complete!
This Grade II listed building at the heart of Coventry, dates back from 1958, being the first civic theatre constructed after the Second World War, making it much more than just an entertainment feature! Appointed last autumn, PMP are acting as Quantity Surveyors on the theatre’s refurbishment, which is part of exciting new plans to transform the theatre and maximise its potential, ensuring it is ‘City of Culture’ ready.
Phase 1 of the project entailed the refurbishment and re-decoration of the existing auditorium and foyer spaces, to enhance the overall visitor experience. This comprised the refurbishment of the theatre’s seating areas, auditorium joinery and orchestra pit, including the replacement of existing floor coverings. The works also comprised the installation of production dimmers, re-roofing, and re-wiring to ensure that the venue explicitly highlighted Coventry’s cultural characteristics.
Looking forward, Phases 2 and 3 will focus on transforming the ground-floor café and first-floor Burbidge Room into a flexible space for eating, drinking and socialising, while creating a new talent hub area. Furthermore, a flat will be established near to the site and made available for visiting actors and artists to rent.
Once complete, the project will enable Coventry to achieve its vision, by upgrading and creating a flexible space that is accommodating for all future needs.
– Hannah O’Neill