Work to update an historic theatre in the heart of Durham is progressing well, with energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE scooping an award nomination for its previous work at the University.
The £2.4m project to redevelop The Assembly Rooms Theatre will drastically improve disabled access to the 220-seat venue, restore the theatre’s original ceiling, and refurbish its Box Office area.
Renovations to the playhouse will also include improvements to the workshop, dressing room and toilet facilities, with additional work to the windows, roof and building decoration.
The work at the 150-year-old theatre is the latest addition to ENGIE’s successful works programme in partnership with Durham University, that runs until 2020 and has already included; a £500k refurbishment of teaching spaces at the School of Education, and a £1m contract to reconfigure the Psychology building and Rowan House, which has been nominated for a Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) 2019 National Site Award. The same ENGIE project team that is nominated for the award, is now working on Assembly Rooms.
The CCS Awards recognise the exceptional standards of consideration that construction sites have shown towards local neighbourhoods, the general public, the workforce and the environment.
Mark Kearney, business improvement manager for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: “We have a great partnership with Durham University and as regeneration specialists, we are pleased to be leading some exciting and innovative building and construction work in a city that has such historic and picturesque architecture.
“We encourage best practice in all our work and the CCS awards recognise the highest performing construction sites in the UK, so we’re delighted to be nominated for the work we carried out on the campus psychology facilities and are continuing this practice through all projects.
“The Assembly Rooms is a unique property and we’re delighted to be leading this upgrade project to benefit the students and the local community.”
ENGIE is expected to be on the Assembly Rooms site until August 2019, with the theatre predicted to reopen in October 2019.
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