Category : Hull New Theatre

Hull Esteem appointed as Lead Developer for Hull New Theatre Refurbishment

Hull City Council is delighted to announce the appointment of the Esteem Consortium to carry out the full design and refurbishment of Hull New Theatre.

Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady, said:

“We are delighted that the full refurbishment works can now get underway at the theatre and I am confident that Esteem will be able to deliver a high-quality finish on one of the city’s key cultural venues.

“The renovation of Hull New Theatre is critical to ensuring that Hull secures a lasting legacy from its year as UK City of Culture 2017 and this investment is part of our long-term plan to regenerate our economy, securing lasting benefits for the people of Hull and the region.”

Richard King, Chair of Hull Esteem said:

“We’re extremely proud to be supporting Hull City Council on this iconic project that will, once opened, attract new touring shows to the city and in turn, inward investment.”

This follows last month’s announcement of £5m towards the Hull New Theatre project from the Chancellor’s Budget in order to ensure that the works can be completed in 2017.

Hull New Theatre project boost following cash injection

Following the warmly welcomed announcement in the Chancellor’s Budget of a direct £13m contribution to Hull’s UK City of Culture, with £5m specifically allocated to Hull New Theatre, this project will now progress and help to deliver on the Council’s ambition to become a world-class visitor destination.

Since its closure in January, specialists have been working at the theatre removing areas of asbestos and undertaking numerous technical surveys to provide a further detailed assessment of the building. This work could only be done when the theatre had closed and further surveys were needed to determine what structural and refurbishment work is required.

A crucial part of this scheme is to build a new 27m fly-tower, which is both incredibly challenging and needs specialist equipment available from a very limited number of suppliers. Due to the complexity of this work, further ongoing flood prevention planning work and the delay whilst he funding position was clarified, the planned re-opening of the theatre is confirmed for Summer 2017.

Once completed, the theatre will be one of the best and most advanced in the country, ensuring that theatre goers will be able to see some of the best shows on offer and enjoy a significantly enhanced experience. New café bars, a restaurant a will also be added to accommodate extra visitors.

Councillor Steven Bayes, Portfolio Holder for Visitor Destination said:

“As a Council we are making the biggest investment the city has seen in many years, both for 2017 and as part of a long-term plan to regenerate our economy, securing lasting benefits for the people of Hull and the region.

“We have now secured funding to undertake the improvements required which will result in the theatre reopening in the summer of 2017. The end product will be an excellent facility and something that will be a major attraction to residents and visitors to the city for many years.

“Investing in Hull’s cultural assets is a top priority for the Council and this project is a key element of the city’s lasting legacy of 2017, alongside improvements already underway at the Ferens Art Gallery, to our public realm and, in the longer term, the development of the Hull Venue and the city centre cruise terminal.

Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull 2017 said:

“I am delighted that the full refurbishment of the theatre can now go ahead, offering the people of Hull and visitors an experience that is second to none.

“All of Hull’s cultural venues are an integral part of 2017 and we are working with the theatre to ensure that it plays a core role in our year-long events programme”.

Facelift for Hull New Theatre to start soon

The work to get Hull ready for its year as UK City of Culture is set to continue following the closure of Hull New Theatre for a major refurbishment.

Renovation works will soon begin at the theatre, which will include improved backstage areas and structural work along with a new fly tower, enabling the theatre to bring more ambitious shows to the city.

Hull City Council has today confirmed that the renovation of the theatre will move ahead despite an unsuccessful bid for funding from Arts Council England towards the project.

Councillor Steven Bayes, Hull City Council portfolio holder for UK City of Culture and Visitor Destination said:

“As part of our wider programme of investments in the city’s cultural infrastructure, the renovation of Hull New Theatre is critical to ensuring that Hull secures a lasting legacy from its year as UK City of Culture 2017.

“Whilst the news from the Arts Council is disappointing, the Council remains committed to the refurbishment of the theatre. The venue is very important to the city and is absolutely critical to our plans for 2017 and beyond.

“With any project of this scale and ambition, there will be setbacks from time to time, however, we are actively exploring other potential funding options.”

After one of the most successful panto seasons in its history, the theatre has now closed its doors to allow preparatory work to begin.

During the closure, where it is possible, a number of shows will transfer to Hull City Hall to ensure there is still a comprehensive programme offer during 2016.  The refurbished theatre will be open by Easter 2017.