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Woolwich Grand Theatre demolition recommended

25th March 2014

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Woolwich Grand Theatre demolition recommended
Published: 25th March 2014


BBC promises 'strongest commitment to the arts in a generation'

25th March 2014

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BBC promises ‘strongest commitment to the arts in a generation
Published: 25th March 2014


Permitted development rights to undergo further reform

25th March 2014

The Chancellor also announced in his Budget that government will consult on introducing greater flexibility to the rules governing the conversion of commercial buildings to residential use, including warehouses and light-industry structures.

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Theatres Trust responds to Westminster City Council Apollo theatre statement

24th March 2014

The Theatres Trust has issued a response to Westminster City Council’s statement today in relation to the cause of the ceiling collapse at the Apollo theatre on 19 December 2013

Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatres said “Theatres are constructed in very, many, different ways and use different materials and methods to fix plasterwork ceilings to their roof trusses. The important question is whether plaster-coated hessian wadding is the only material being used to hold up a ceiling as many have also been strengthened with the use of steel ties.

“If a building is one of 300 Victorian and Edwardian theatres in the UK or 40 in the West End, it is very likely to have these strengthened ties and its ceiling will be secure. Clearly though owners need to understand the state of the building materials being used to hold up their plasterwork ceilings. The Theatres Trust would like to see regular surveys and inspections from above the ceiling being undertaken by both plaster experts and by structural engineers. These could include new surveying methods that could provide better understanding of the state of the materials and physical access.

“The public should be assured that theatres are regularly maintained and inspected. All theatre owners and operators are very aware of their responsibility to look after the safety of the public. Like all building materials though, hessian has a finite life and just because a theatre is historic doesn’t mean that only hessian can be used to support its ceiling. If the public is to continue to appreciate the treasured fibrous plaster ceilings of our historic theatres we need to consider introducing more structurally sustainable solutions.”


Finalists revealed in Bradford Odeon contest

24th March 2014

Audacious plans to turn Bradford’s empty Odeon cinema into a swimming pool have been withdrawn, leaving just two teams still vying to regenerate the landmark. Earlier this year Rance Booth Smith with Turley Associates and Rex Procter Partners revealed plans to transform turning the former 1930s cinema into a public pool and indoor running track as part of its ambitious £30 million ‘City Reflections’ vision.

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Century old cloth and plaster ties caused Apollo collapse

24th March 2014

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Century old cloth and plaster ties caused Apollo collapse
Published: 24th March 2014


More shows rescheduled at Derby's Assembly Rooms following massive fire

24th March 2014

Read more and a full list of cancelled and rescheduled shows at Derby Telegraph
More shows rescheduled at Derby’s Assembly Rooms following massive fire
Published: 24th March 2014


The Really Useful Group splits to pursue international growth

24th March 2014

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The Really Useful Group splits to pursue international growth
Published: 24th March 2014


Stockport Plaza seating restoration underway

24th March 2014

The new seating at The Plaza which will be an exact replica of the originals will consist of 4 rows at the front of the stalls without arms which were originally delineated as one price band by having a segregating rope across the aisle, the ring for which can still be seen in our auditorium whilst the remainder of the Stalls will consist of wooden armed high comfort seating.

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Leith theatre project funded by Creative Scotland

22nd March 2014

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Leith theatre project funded by Creative Scotland
Published 22 March 2014


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