New plans for repairs to the Stockton Globe Theatre have been approved – after workers renovating the venue discovered major structural issues.
The approved plans include a new roof for the venue, as well as a redesign of an adjoining space to create an “independent venue in its own right” with its own dining and kitchen facilities.
When the venue reopens, Ambassadors Theatre Group will take over as operators.
Proposals to redevelop the grade II-listed cinema into a live performance venue were first announced nine years ago, with the intention of reopening in 2012.
Initial works began on the site in 2011, but were stalled following a dispute between the theatre’s owner Jomast and the council, which has a long-term lease on the venue, as well as funding issues.
In May 2017, a new opening date for the 3,000-capacity venue was announced as 2018/2019, but last month this was delayed by a further year, with the cost of the project reported to have rocketed by £10 million.
The further delay was due to structural issues including unsupported walls, rotting timbers and a corroded drainage system, with the council, architects and engineers “working flat out” to redesign the project.
Councillors have now approved the updated plans.