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Competition: King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

King's Theatre, Edinburgh
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A design team is being sought for a major £25 million overhaul of Edinburgh’s historic King’s Theatre

The architect-led team will draw up plans for a major regeneration of the James Davidson-designed 1906 landmark on Leven Street, which last underwent a major upgrade more than 30 years ago and is now in need of significant restoration and modernisation.

The project, backed by building owner Capital Theatres King’s, aims to radically transform and enhance the 1,350-capacity city-centre venue which features a richly-decorated interior designed by Kirkcaldy-based architect JD Swanston.

In its brief, Capital Theatres King’s Limited says the architect should have ‘extensive experience in the successful delivery of similar projects. The architect must include access management services as part of the core architectural design services. In addition the architect is also required to provide the services of a specialist theatre consultant as part of their core team.’

King’s Theatre was constructed in 1906 as a rival to the city’s iconic Royal Lyceum Theatre and is located a short distance from The Meadows and Edinburgh University.

It was originally designed for 2,500 people, but scaled down and reconfigured during the mid-20th century. It has been used as a venue for both opera during the Edinburgh Festival and annual pantomimes.

The latest project will restore and modernise the historic theatre which has hosted a range of stars including Maria Callas, Sean Connery and Ian McKellen. Bidders will be expected to demonstrate experience of complex refurbishments, work on listed premises, and delivering innovative theatre solutions.

The deadline for applications is midday, 6 July.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Brian Loudon
Capital Theatres King’s Limited
13-29 Nicolson Street

Tel: +44 1316621112
Email: brian.loudon@capitaltheatres.com 

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