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Green-light for Bennetts' Citizens Theatre revamp

Citizens Theatre by Bennetts Associates
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Bennetts Associates has won planning for its ‘radical reworking’ of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow 

The project will be the most significant upgrade of the theatre building - which includes a Victorian auditorium and the most complete original stage machinery in the UK – since it was opened 135 years ago. 

Historic parts of the building will be improved and later additions that are no longer fit for purpose are set to be demolished. 

New spaces including a foyer, café, learning and rehearsal studios, and an administration hub will also be created while existing backstage areas and construction workshops will be refurbished. 

The buildings façade on Gorbals Street is set to be transformed with original statues of Shakespeare, burns and the four muses taken from the roof of the 1878 building. 

Alasdair Gordon, associate director at Bennetts Associates, said: ‘We are really pleased with the planning decision. Public support for the project was fantastic, and there is strong vision to create a building that reaffirms people’s pride in the Citizens Theatre. We look forward to working with the Citizens to deliver this project.’ 

Judith Kilvington, Citizens Theatre executive director, added: ‘We are delighted to have been granted planning permission for a redeveloped Citizens Theatre. We are passionate about being an inclusive organisation that breaks down barriers to participation but the building in which we currently operate is no longer fit for purpose. Our vision for the future of our building is that will be able to engage with every aspect of our programme, heritage and history, and that we will provide improved working conditions for artists, participants and staff.’

Citizens Theatre by Bennetts Associates

Citizens Theatre by Bennetts Associates

Project data 

Location Glasgow, Scotland
Type of project theatre
Client The Citizens Theatre
Architect Bennetts Associates
Project manager tX-2 Project Management
Conservation architect Ian Parsons Architect
Structural engineer Struer
Services and environmental engineer Max Fordham
Acoustic consultant Sandy Brown
Historic theatre specialist Theatresearch
Cost consultant Turner & Townsend Cost Management

Citizens Theatre by Bennetts Associates

Citizens Theatre by Bennetts Associates

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