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Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre receives £20.5m redevelopment approval

Glasgow'sGlasgow's Citizens Theatre redevelopment plans. Image: Bennetts AssociatesCitizens Theatre redevelopment impression Glasgow's Citizens Theatre redevelopment plans. Image: Bennetts Associates
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Redevelopment plans for Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre have taken a major step forward with the granting of planning consent.

Work on the £20.5 million project is now set to start in late 2017 or early 2018 and be completed in spring 2020, subject to funding being in place.

The 138-year-old theatre will remain open throughout the project, which does not include any major changes to the existing auditorium, apart from improvement to the air-conditioning.

The major part of the work is to the 20th century additions to the original Victorian structure. The actors’ facilities, backstage areas and construction workshops will be improved through reorganisation and refurbishment. A new administration hub will also be created.

Expressing her delight in the decision from Glasgow City Council, the theatre’s executive director Judith Kilvington said: “We are passionate about being an inclusive organisation that breaks down barriers to participation but the building in which we operate is no longer fit for purpose.

“Our vision for the future of our building is that will be able to engage with every aspect of our programme, heritage and history, and that we will provide improved working conditions for artists, participants and staff.”

Front-of-house work will include the creation of new public areas including a new foyer, cafe, learning and rehearsal studios, with accessibility improved throughout the building.

Alasdair Gordon, associate director at Bennetts Associates, which is in charge of the refurbishment project, said: “Public support for the project was fantastic and there is strong vision to create a building that reaffirms people’s pride in the Citizens Theatre.”

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