[First look + plans] RHWL Arts Team has completed this £5.5 million project to revamp the 1930s Watford Colosseum in Watford, Hertfordshire
The scheme for Watford Borough Council renovated the town’s 1938 C C F Voysey-designed concert hall, adding a new foyer and restaurant. The original architect was the son of Charles Voysey who is known for his association with the Arts and Crafts movement.
A statement explained: ‘The extension is designed to create a subtle visual balance between old and new.
‘The coloured glass, in purple, terracotta and orange tones, gives a new visual identity to the venue creating a warm kaleidoscope of colour within during the day and a dramatic visual beacon of an evening.’
RHWL Arts Team director Julian Middleton said: ‘Whilst an evening at the Colosseum should always focus on the performance itself, for us as designers what makes a good night out is the complete audience experience.
‘The design responds to their shared vision and balances a respect for the historic building with the imperative of rejuvenating the venue for a new generation of audiences - creating a bold, vibrant and exciting place to be - the home of entertainment in Watford.’
Derek Nicholls, chief executive of HQ Theatre which manages the venue: ‘Straight away you fall in love with the decor and the ambience - it’s like a big warm embrace. When we show people the rejuvenated Colosseum, they are stunned by the wonderful refurbishment and the opportunities it offers the people of Watford.’
The project was submitted for planning in Feburary 2010 and the completed building will have its Gala Opening ceremony on 1 October.
The theatre is the rehearsal base of the BBC Concert Orchestra.