Date set for Everyman demolition

Demolition work on Liverpool's Everyman on Hope Street in the city centre will start on Monday 22 August to make way for a new three-storey theatre.

Liverpool-based Sloyan Doyle is the appointed demolition contractor for the Everyman theatre and 11 Hope Street. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

In a separate £13.5m contract, Liverpool & Merseyside Theatres Trust has also decided on an undisclosed shortlist of construction firms to build the new theatre and invitations to tender are being sent out on the same day demolition starts.

The contractor will also build associated office and rehearsal space, as well as create a loading bay at the rear accessed from Arrad Street and carry out alterations to footways at front and rear, following the demolition procedure.

The redevelopment of the famous theatre on Hope Street is part of a £28m project by the trust which includes feasibility work at the Playhouse theatre in Williamson Square which it also owns and operates.

The main funders are Arts Council England, contributing £16.8m, the North West Development Agency, £2.5m, European Regional Development Fund, £5.9m, and other public and private funders and stakeholders.

A total of £1.16m has been raised so far towards the remaining £2.1m project costs.

Last month, the Everyman announced a sealed bid auction inviting people to own their own souvenir from the building before it is flattened, from seats, benches, and pillars. Successful bidders are being contacted on Tuesday.

The theatre closed on 2 July and the new building, designed by Haworth Tompkins, is due to open in 2013.

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