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August 6 2012

Theatre Royal expansion gets under way
Work to extend Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, designed by Page\Park architects, has today started on site.

This will entail construction of a contemporary new entrance housing additional public space on the corner of Cowcaddens Road and Hope Street and offering a new roof garden with views across the city.

Floorspace in the £11.5m project will also be given over to an education suite.

Alex Reedijk, Scottish opera’s general director, said: “Our vision is to open up the theatre to become a social hub – somewhere people can gather with friends for great coffee during the day, enjoy outstanding performances, learn about the performing arts, and discover the wonderful heritage of this beautiful theatre.”

The remodelling work is being led by theatre owners Scottish Opera, who have already raised 85% of the required funding. It should be completed by 2014.

9 Comments

jo jo
#1 Posted by jo jo on 7 Aug 2012 at 09:13 AM
Would look better in pre-patinated copper
is this it?
#2 Posted by is this it? on 7 Aug 2012 at 10:02 AM
This looks good - excellent!
jo jo
#3 Posted by jo jo on 7 Aug 2012 at 10:33 AM
Not really, but good luck with it. Glad to see something positive happening at this end of town.
Neil
#4 Posted by Neil on 7 Aug 2012 at 12:19 PM
Unfortunately, I have to agree about being disappointed. The Brian Allen painting makes the best of it, like Scottish Power. I take it you are being ironic about the patinated copper JO JO?
sultan of brooneye
#5 Posted by sultan of brooneye on 7 Aug 2012 at 15:44 PM
Again....seems the beginning of a consensus on the result of P&P new works. Their work with historic buildings - very good. New works and masterplans.....bit iffy......and the image above suggests this trend continues with the new entrance....
David
#6 Posted by David on 8 Aug 2012 at 08:50 AM
I can see this dating REALLY quickly unless it's executed UNBELIEVABLY well.
Art Vandelay
#7 Posted by Art Vandelay on 8 Aug 2012 at 13:10 PM
It does seem a bit like it's been lifted from the foyer of the Trump Tower in NYC.

And won't most of the views from the rooftop garden be blocked by Cineworld and St Andrew's House?
Jimbob Tanktop
#8 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 8 Aug 2012 at 15:44 PM
To be fair Art, Cineworld & St Andrews are far enough away not to have an impact on the rooftop view - though it would be best to concentrate on the view south, as north is pretty grim, as anyone who has ever visited the 6th floor of Cineworld will testify. Caley Uni is quite interesting, but the rest is a testimony to planning and development failure.

The scheme seems 40 years old already, but I'm probably being unfair as it's difficult to judge the quality of the finish from a watercolour before it's even built, but I'm not hopeful.
Renzo Trumpet
#9 Posted by Renzo Trumpet on 8 Aug 2012 at 22:09 PM
Very clunky - agree with previous comments already looks dated

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