Stage is set for £20m King’s Theatre refurbishment
November 6 2018
Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre is to close its doors for a two-year hiatus to allow a £20m redevelopment following the appointment of Bennetts Associates to lead the design team.
The A-listed Edwardian theatre will benefit from upgraded backstage, studio and hospitality areas including a new street level café and rooftop hospitality space under ambitious plans brought forward by Capital Theatres.
Initial designs call for an overhaul of both the interior and exterior of the historic venue with the addition of a learning studio and accessible lifts and ramps.
James Nelmes, associate director at Bennetts Associates commented: “The King’s Theatre has a unique place in the hearts and minds of many Edinburgh residents and is a theatre of national architectural importance. We are delighted to be working with Capital Theatres and Theatreplan to bring it to the next stage. The plans to modernise the existing facilities and transform the experiences of visitors, performers and staff will help the theatre to remain a vital part of Edinburgh’s cultural provision for years to come.”
Theatreplan will assist with the technical design alongside project managers Thomas & Adamson, service engineers Max Fordham; structural engineer Will Rudd Davidson and quantity surveyor Gleeds.
Together they will prepare finalised design proposals which will be presented in 2020, with redevelopment following by September 2021 in time for a Summer 2023 unveil.
I think you are confused. It's Edinburgh's King's Theatre
"Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre...."
Glass and zinc boxes on roof...standard.
Such a disappointing looking proposal.
Then the reality hit and it was business as usual.
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On a side note, I like the idea of pedestrianising Elmbank street - is this a real proposal or just a planning visual conceit?