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De Matos Ryan scoops planning for York Theatre Royal revamp

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De Matos Ryan has won planning for the £4.1million redevelopment of the York Theatre Royal

The scheme will enclose the theatre’s existing Victorian colonnade, creating a new street façade, and ‘dramatically transform’ the theatre’s public areas doubling them in size.

A new stage will be added alongside the refurbishment of the main auditiorium, with new seating providing better sightlines and improving the experience for the audience.

The historic theatre has occupied the site since 1744 and work will expose elements of the original Medieval and Georgian fabric.

Angus Morrogh-Ryan, director at De Matos Ryan, said: ‘This project will unlock the theatre’s potential, opening their doors to a wider community, ensuring they can build the next phase of their future, underpinned with a sense of resilience and sustainability.’

Liz Wilson, chief executive of York Theatre Royal, added: ‘A theatre has been operating on this site since 1744. We are immensely proud of the fact that York Theatre Royal is the oldest continuously working theatre in the country outside of London, but, more so because what we have here is not a museum; it is still a thriving venue, hugely loved by the people of York and the surrounding area and integral to the healthy cultural life of this city.’

De Matos Ryan's York Theatre redevelopment

Project data

Location York 
Type of project theatre refurbishment 
Client York Theatre Royal
Architect De Matos Ryan 
Structural engineer Price & Myers
M&E engineer P3r
Theatre consultant and acoustician Charcoalblue 
Quantity surveyor Aecom
Access consultant David Bonnett Associates
Heritage and archaeological consultant Historic Buildings Consultants
Fire consultant Tenos
Catering consultant Montfort
Start on site date March 2015
Completion date December 2015
Site area 1,922m²
Gross internal floor area 5,314m²
Total cost £4.1million

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  • Geoff Williams

    I have been in the York Theatre Royal many times and it always captures my imagination. York needs the Royal and the decision to carry out a revamp is both logical and enterprising. However, the fire risk in such such older buildings is high and the cabling is important since many of the global fires are the direct result of cable failure. I would like to see fire survival cables used in the installation, this would help to hold back the spread of any potential fire and safeguard the people using the theatre.
    Geoff Williams
    Consultant - Fire Engineering

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