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Funding secured for Dumfries Royal Theatre revamp

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May 22 2013

Funding secured for Dumfries Royal Theatre revamp
A lengthy battle to secure funding for a revamp of Scotland’s oldest working theatre looks to have been won after Dumfries & Galloway Council voted to allocate £455k toward the project.

Designed by ARPL this will entail construction of a two storey contemporary extension to the side of the existing theatre and the absorption of neighbouring housing to provide rehearsal space, new foyer and a bar/restaurant space.

This replaces a more ambitious RMJM scheme from 2006 which would have seen a new build  cultural centre built on the site - regarded as ‘unrealistic and unsustainable’ in the current economic climate.

Theatre director Karen Ward-Boyd said: "The days of spending millions of pounds on nice, new, shiny buildings and cultural centres which the council was talking about a few years ago we saw as unrealistic and unsustainable in this climate.

"We thought actually you would be better investing in an existing facility that has support.”

Work on the project could commence early next year, if planning approval is forthcoming, with completion expected by October 2014.
The distressed state of the existing theatre leads many to conclude that it has closed
The distressed state of the existing theatre leads many to conclude that it has closed

1 Comment

Egbert
#1 Posted by Egbert on 22 May 2013 at 17:07 PM
I'd much rather see a contemporary extension and refurbishment working within the urban grain than a big RMJM-designed new-build - this has to be better for Dumfries.

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