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( Last Updated: 08-03-2010 )
The Theatre Royal Bath has awarded a £2 million contract to Midas Interiors, part of the Midas Group, to undertake planned refurbishment works at the city's historic theatre this summer.
Winners of the Construction Company of the Year Award at The Insider Property Awards 2009 - Midas will work alongside multi-award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios whose designs will transform front-of-house and behind-the-scenes areas at the 205-year-old theatre.
Danny Moar, Director of the Theatre Royal Bath, said,
"We are delighted that Midas will be undertaking the planned refurbishment programme at the Theatre Royal with approved designs created by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. As well as a proven track-record, Midas has demonstrated impressive attention to detail and a vital understanding of the project making them the perfect company to achieve our aims. The theatre's transformation will begin with preliminary work progressing over the next few months whilst the theatre remains fully operational, prior to a planned two-month closure of the Main House this summer."
The Theatre Royal's 2010 refurbishment will see a programme of essential work undertaken front-of-house and back-stage to conserve and update the Main House; improving current facilities whilst safeguarding the future of Bath's renowned theatre. The foyer will be re-modelled, disabled access will be improved, decoration in the Main House will be restored and updated, and a new bar will be created in the Stalls. The refurbishment also includes plans to update vital mechanical and electrical systems, reducing the theatre's carbon footprint.
The work started in March whilst the Theatre remains open and fully operational. with meticulous investigation work and survey confirmation to be completed before the air handling unit plant is replaced in April.
After a full programme running until the start of July, the Theatre Royal's Main House will close for two months from early re-opening in September 2010.
Derek Quinn, Executive Director of Midas Interiors, said:
"Having worked on the Theatre Royal a decade ago, everyone at Midas is delighted to be returning to one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in the country to undertake this prestigious refurbishment programme. It's a very exciting prospect to be given the opportunity of helping to improve the experience of theatre-goers from the City and from all over the globe."
The Midas Group is one of the UK's largest independent construction and property services providers, and includes Midas Interiors, a specialist interiors business providing fit-out and refurbishment services. Midas has been associated with a wide range of landmark construction projects regionally and nationally and has recently been shortlisted for a major award for its work on the £11.8M Lewins Place office block in Bristol, previously known as Greyfriars....
Peter Clegg, the Architect, and Senior Partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in Bath, commented,
"The Theatre Royal is one of Bath's most cherished buildings. Historically, it is also one of the most important theatres in the country. Over the last 205 years more than 10 architects have worked on the building as it is constantly changed to meet the demands of the theatrical world. It is our privilege now to be part of that list. Architecture on a building such as this is akin to surgery. Some of it is cosmetic, some of it preventative and some of it absolutely essential to ensure the future life of the building."
The Refurbishment Project will cost approximately £3 million. The Theatre Royal Bath, which is a registered charity, plans to fund a significant amount of the total budget required itself. An appeal was launched in October 2009 to raise the remaining funds necessary to pay for the Main House Refurbishment Project from trusts, foundations and individual donors.
Picture (LtoR): Derek Quinn, Executive Director, Midas Interiors and Eugene Hibbert, Theatre Manager, Theatre Royal, Bath