Glasgow Citizens’ multimillion-pound redevelopment project has received a £2.5 million grant from the Scottish government.
The money, from the government’s regeneration capital grant fund, takes the total raised to date to £15.3 million. The overall cost of the project is expected to be £20.8 million.
The theatre plans to redevelop the 20th-century additions to the 139-year-old building that are no longer fit for purpose. It will redesign the building around the existing Victorian auditorium as a creative and cultural hub for local communities. Proposals include improved accessibility across the entire building, securing the existing Victorian features as well as building new bar and cafe facilities, rehearsal, learning and studio spaces.
The award is a recognition of the importance of the theatre to the local Gorbals community, as one of the few remaining heritage buildings left in the area. It also has significant community and historical relevance for Glasgow. The theatre is actively working with the New Gorbals Housing Association to reverse the physical, economic and social decline of the area.
Linda Malone, chair of the NGHA, welcomed the award as recognition of the significance of the Citizens to community regeneration, describing it as “the single most important investment proposal in the Gorbals and fundamental to its community, economic and social regeneration”.
Work will begin on the redevelopment project in 2018, subject to the rest of the funds being raised. Completion is due in 2020.