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Glasgow Citizens secures an extra £1.8 million of funding as cost of redevelopment rises

Glasgow Citizens External view of the redeveloped theatre
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Glasgow Citizens has been given an additional £1.78m government and council funds as the cost of its building redevelopment has risen by more than 10%.

Citizens Theatre Ltd, which leases the B-listed theatre building from Glasgow City Council, is about to embark on the first comprehensive redevelopment in the Gorbals building’s 141-year history.

A spokesperson for the theatre told the Stage that inflation and contingencies were planned for in the original £19.4 million cost estimate. After an extensive evaluation process and with more than 50 different work packages put out to tender, the cost for the project is now £21.5 million.

Glasgow City Council has approved an extra £1 million for the project. The Scottish Government has increased its support by £0.5 million to £6.5million, with £282,000 coming from Historic Environment Scotland.

Citizens artistic director Dominic Hill said it is now in a position to green-light the whole project. The company moved into temporary accommodation last autumn and, subject to board approval, construction work will now start on site from April 2019.

Hill said: “Our home in the Gorbals has served communities in Glasgow for over 140 years, and this project will transform the experiences of audiences and participants for many generations to come. We are extremely grateful to Glasgow City Council and all of our funders for their continued support.”

The Citizens theatre building is expected to reopen in the summer of 2021.

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