Funded by Liverpool City Council, essential works have now been completed at the Playhouse Theatre by local Liverpool contractor, Senate Group.
One of the City’s main theatres, found beneath the Radio City tower in Williamson Square, the Playhouse is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building for both its old 19th century auditorium and 20th century front of house extension.
Much needed works to its external fabric has been undertaken including conservation repairs, rendering and painting the main elevations, and upgrading the external lighting.
Deborah Aydon, Executive Director, LMTT commented:
“Not only has the restoration work been carried out to a high standard, we have new features which are a great improvement, such as the new neon sign which increases the Playhouse’s visibility and will help attract and guide new audience members to the theatre, and the fabulous new lighting which really brings the building alive at night and means we can be as creative with lighting here as we can at the Everyman. Internally, risks have been reduced via the expert work on the safety curtains, and we look forward to audiences reaping the rewards of the improved acoustic in the auditorium.”
Kiera Vogel, Managing Director, Senate (Construction Services)
“Senate Group relished the opportunity of working on such an iconic building in our home City. The upgrades have made a real difference, bringing the exterior of the Playhouse back to its former glory. We look forward to seeing how Williamson Square will develop following on from the launch of the public consultation.”
Project team included Through & Around (Project Manager), Modero (QS), Blackett-Ord Conservation (Conservation Engineer) and Haworth Tompkins (Architects).