Contractors invited to bid for £33m Welsh theatre revamp


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Proposals to refurbish Theatr Clwyd in Mildew. Supply: Flintshire Council

Flintshire County Council has put out a name for a contractor to hold out a significant overhaul and growth of Theatr Clwyd in Mildew.

Plans to broaden and refurbish Theatr Clwyd, which was designed by Flintshire County Architect R W Harvey and constructed between 1969 and 1976, have been drawn as much as improve the present amenities and construct in sustainability.

Underneath the £33m improve plan, the 45-year-old constructing will probably be extensively refurbished and repaired, together with important enhancements to ship a extra energy-efficient constructing.

By bettering the construct construction and utilising renewable vitality sources corresponding to PV panels and air supply warmth pumps the theatre will see giant financial savings on gasoline, electrical energy, and water prices, and make higher use of sources.

All providers and theatre gear will probably be changed all through the constructing, and a brand new timber extension will probably be constructed on the entrance of the constructing offering a welcoming lobby house over three flooring, with a brand new double peak restaurant, bar and café, in addition to a gathering room and Inexperienced Room.

Taking advantage of the spectacular views throughout the Clwyd countryside, nearly all of the lobby will probably be glazed and shaded by a big timber cover to the south facet.


When the plans by Sterling Prize-winning architects Haworth Tompkins have been initially revealed, they met with some resistance from The Twentieth Century Society, which claimed they might “trigger substantial hurt to this necessary post-war constructing.”

Outlining the opposition on its web site, The Twentieth Century Society caseworker Coco Whittaker mentioned: “The theatre is a vital post-war constructing in Wales and its conservation ought to be of main concern.

“We have now excessive regard for the experience of the architects Haworth Tompkins in designing efficiency venues in each new and historic contexts. “

“That mentioned, we object to the present utility and imagine the listed Theatr Clwyd might be refurbished to make sure continued use with out such main interventions.”

In a press release final 12 months, Theatr Clwyd’s govt director Liam Evans-Ford and creative director Tamara Harvey rejected the criticisms, insisting the designs had been ‘rigorously thought of’ because the 45-year-old constructing ‘nears its finish of life’.

They mentioned: “The redevelopment proposals, just like these permitted in 2019, are rigorously balanced to align with a marketing strategy that provides Theatr Clwyd a sustainable and resilient future and have been permitted and funded by Flintshire County Council, the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Authorities.

“With out this model of the scheme, Theatr Clwyd’s operations will turn out to be financially unviable and, in flip, the entire financial, cultural and neighborhood advantages recognized as key by all funding companions will probably be misplaced.

“… conservation must be balanced with our elementary duty to future generations. We can’t and mustn’t spend money on tasks or buildings that supply additional hurt to our planet.”

Proposals to refurbish Theatr Clwyd in Mildew. Supply: Flintshire Council

World-class amenities

Theatr Clwyd’s web site says: “Our redeveloped constructing will safeguard the creation of theatre in Wales. The world-class amenities for making costume, units and props will match the work created on our levels making certain a protracted, sustainable and profitable future.

“Our redevelopment will make our constructing open and accessible. Match-for-purpose areas will allow us to extend alternatives for studying, instructing and social change, whereas the potential for elevated earned revenue will assist defend entry initiatives.”

Along with enhancements to the technical amenities within the two auditoria, two new rehearsal rooms will probably be constructed, together with a full-height room that may take a rehearsal for the Anthony Hopkins Theatre stage, the Clwyd Room will probably be refurbished with the ground raised to all one stage.

Bids have to be submitted by 27 Might.

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