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Palace Theatre in Swansea set for £75,000 regeneration

Swansea Palace Theatre. Photo: Ian Grundy
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Swansea’s Palace Theatre, which was last year listed as one of the most endangered buildings in England and Wales, is set for a £75,000 regeneration.

Local authority the City and County of Swansea has allocated the money to the Palace Theatre, which has most famously hosted performances from Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy, to “make the building safe”.

It has been disused since 2006 and was last year included on a list of the 10 most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales, drawn up by charity the Victorian Society. Buildings on the list are at risk from either demolition, neglect, or decay and inaction.

A spokesman for Swansea council said emergency works would include making the building watertight, removing vegetation, and removing loose brickwork that could be deemed “unsafe”.

“It’s just making the building safe again while we work with the owners on a more sustainable long-term use of the building,” he said.

Nick Bradley, council member for regeneration, told a full council meeting this week that officers were working with the applicant and their advisors to agree the detail of the urgent works to safeguard the Palace Theatre.

“The applicant has indicated that they would like to have the urgent work underway in the summer of 2014. The long-term sustainable reuse of the building will require further permissions such as listed building consent and potentially will require grant assistance from other areas,” he said.

Jones added: “The council’s not in the business of letting building like this go to rack and ruin. We’re doing what we can to bring ‘at risk’ listed buildings across the city back into use.”

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