This project was one of a number completed under a framework agreement with the Arts Council England to act as technical and financial monitors for Lottery funded projects across Southern England.
The project involved the refurbishment and extension of the main stage, seating and foyer areas, incorporating full lighting and sound installations. In addition to a new foyer, a glazed bar area and box office with the required admin and back up facilities were provided together with a scene dock and actors entrance, a rehearsal space equating to the area of the stage, a recording studio and a glazed meeting room above the entrance. The existing basement and back stage dressing rooms were also improved and refurbished. Access for disabled performers and patrons was a mandatory requirement of the Lottery application.
The Theatre name is displayed high on the wall of the stair tower, angled to relate to the existing theatre and to face the direction most people approach the building from. A covered walkway was provided adjacent to the road. Internally a double height top lit space is used for art displays against the old theatre external wall. The project won a Countryside Design Award.
Other projects included local theatres, community projects and arts based educational schemes across Southern England from Cornwall to Surrey. Construction values ranged from £250,000 to £1.6 million. Services covered appraisal of initial funding applications, through design to monitoring quality of works on site and drawdown payments during construction.
Strode Theatre, Street, Somerset
Refurbishment and extension to theatre, Street, Somerset
Arts Council England
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