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De Matos Ryan reveals £4m York theatre revamp

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De Matos Ryan has completed this redevelopment of York’s Grade II*-listed Theatre Royal

PROJECT DATA • PLANS • SECTION  

The ‘radical’ changes have introduced two new lobbied entrances and a new foyer space which has been created by glazing the building’s Victorian colonnade.

A new terrazzo floor incorporating a patterned inlay reveals the geometry of the medieval vaults which had previously crossed where the new foyer sits.

The theatre, which has sat on the site since 1744, has undergone several alterations over the years including the construction of a new vaulted concrete foyer alongside the building.

This concrete extension – designed by Patrick Gwynne in 1967 – has been refurbished to reinstate the original design intent.

Re-locating the café, bar and box office to the new space created under the dress circle has brought to life Gwynne’s original vision for the extension to house a bistro restaurant on the ground floor and a dedicated theatre bar on the first floor. 

New seating has also been installed throughout the theatre while the rake of the stalls has been increased to improve sight lines for the audience. 

York Theatre Royal by De Matos Ryan

York Theatre Royal by De Matos Ryan

Source: Hufton + Crow

Project data

Location York
Type of project theatre
Client York Citizens Theatres Trust/York Conservation Trust
Architect De Matos RyanTheat
Theatre/acoustic consultant Charcoalblue
Structural engineer Price & Myers
Services engineer P3r
Cost consultant Aecom
Access consultant David Bonnett Associates
Heritage consultant James Edgar
Project manager Bilfinger GVA
Main contractor William Birch & Sons
Completion date April 2016
Gross internal floor area 3,213m2
Total cost £4.1 million

York Theatre Royal by De Matos Ryan

York Theatre Royal by De Matos Ryan

Source: Hufton + Crow

Ground floor plan

York Theatre Royal by De Matos Ryan

York Theatre Royal by De Matos Ryan

First floor plan

York Theatre Royal by De Matos Ryan

York Theatre Royal by De Matos Ryan

Section 

York Theatre Royal by De Matos Ryan

York Theatre Royal by De Matos Ryan

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