Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are recruiting an architect for a £2.56 million expansion of the historic Art Deco-style Regal Theatre in Stowmarket
The winner of the estimated £70,000-to-£120,000 contract will draw up plans to refurbish and extend the 1936 town-centre venue, which is used for a range of theatrical shows, concerts and film screenings.
The project will upgrade the main auditorium and improve stage access, revitalise the entrance foyer and bar, and deliver two new cinema screens.
According to the brief: ‘The Regal Theatre is a theatre and single-screen cinema owned and managed by Stowmarket Town Council. The theatre is a key local amenity for the town and its residents. It was built in 1936 in Art Deco style with a single 200-seat auditorium which is used for cinema and theatre productions. The theatre occupies a high- profile location at the south-eastern gateway of the town centre.
‘Stowmarket Town Council seeks, through the development of the Regal Theatre to provide Stowmarket and the surrounding areas with a modern entertainment venue with characterful Art Deco references. Three auditoriums are to be provided, of which two will be new, the largest being shared between theatre and cinema use as at present.’
Stowmarket is a historic market town of around 19,000 people located between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich in Suffolk. It hosts two main cultural venues, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts and the Regal Theatre.
The latest project will upgrade and expand the Regal Theatre which occupies a prominent site on the corner of Ipswich Street and Temple Road, and is planned to complete in 2020. The enlarged venue is expected to generate up to 20 jobs.
The deadline for applications is 1 October.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
8 Russell Road
Tel: 01449 724550