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Halliday Clark lands Wakefield Theatre Royal revamp

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Shipley-based Halliday Clark has won the invited competition to build an extension to Frank Matchem’s Grade II*-listed Theatre Royal Wakefield

The practice saw off the Manchester office of TP Bennett and Sheffield’s CODA Studios to land the scheme which will see a new Centre of Creativity added to the 1894 building - the smallest of the 200 Matcham-designed theatres which still survives.

The £400,000 project is first phase of a larger masterplan to restore and refurbish the main theatre building.

According to the firm, the winning design ’creates a highly flexible performance and rehearsal space including a bar and booking office [and features] a double height shop window allowing passers-by to view deep into the building and witness the movement of performers within’.

Planning and listed building consent will be submitted next month (February).

Halliday Clark Theatre Royal Wakefield Westgate Development  10

Halliday Clark Theatre Royal Wakefield Westgate Development 10

Ground floor plan



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