Architects invited to restore Liverpool’s Royal Court

The first round of submissions for an architectural competition to restore the Royal Court theatre in Liverpool closes at the end of this week.

The 1938 art deco building on Roe Street near Queen Square is owned by the charitable Royal Court Trust.

The trust said the project, supported by the North West Development Agency, English Heritage and Liverpool Vision, will "upgrade, conserve and restore this valuable asset in the heart of the city".

A ten-strong panel of judges is chaired by Roger Stephenson, of Stephenson Bell Architects and chairman of RIBA North West. Other judges include Bryan Gray, chairman of the NWDA, and Jenny Douglas, development director of Liverpool Vision.

A shortlist of six architects will be invited to submit more detailed plans in December.

The competition comes after the announcement of plans by the Everyman theatre to demolish and rebuild its own premises on Hope Street.

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