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Leeds Grand Theatre

Facts

Location Client Cost Completion
Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre & Leeds City Council £16m 2006

Project details

This is the first phase of a refurbishment programme and includes new seating, improved sight lines, better ventilation and improved facilities for the disabled.  Backstage, the fly tower and flying systems have been upgraded, and two new rehearsal rooms constructed on an adjacent site called the Opera Centre.

This is connected to the theatre by a wide bridge, which also acts as a scenery store accessed from a new hydraulic lift.

See also: Howard Assembly Room

All these new benefits, we believe, will enhance the theatrical experience and fully meet our patrons' rightful expectation for a Grand night out.

Warren Smith General Manager of Leeds Grand Theatre

Brief

  • upgrade outdated facilities in 1878 Grade II* listed theatre once described as ‘probably the finest theatre of its size in Britain’
  • provide a permanent home for Opera North

Results

  • transformation to a theatre of national status while preserving the building’s historical roots
  • provision of a permanent home for Opera North

Integrated services

architecture, structural engineering, environmental engineering, acoustics, lighting