Belfast-based builder Gilbert Ash NI has won the hotly contested tender with the Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust to build the new Everyman theatre on Hope Street.
The previous home of the much-loved theatre was built as a Methodist meeting hall and only 6,000 sq ft in size. The old Everyman closed in July 2011 and was demolished to make way for a new three-storey 15,500 sq ft purpose-built facility.
There will be a 400-seat theatre with two levels of seating, a recreation of the Everyman Bistro, a youth theatre, front-of-house catering and bar, and rehearsal space and workshops.
The £11.8m contract will see Gilbert Ash NI create the new theatre designed by specialist architects Haworth Tompkins. The new theatre is due to open in 2013.
The scheme on Hope Street is part of a £28m project by the theatre trust which includes work at the Playhouse theatre in Williamson Square which it also operates. Funding was provided by Arts Council England, £16.8m, North West Development Agency, £2.5m, European Regional Development Fund, £5.9m, and other public and private bodies.