Kier has started 16 weeks of enabling works for the £26m Shakespeare North theatre in Prescot, with the main phase of construction scheduled to begin in spring 2019.
The 350-seat, 30,000 sq ft Jacobean court-style theatre in Prescot town centre includes a study centre, education and community resources, and exhibition space. Kier was named as the main contractor in January.
Following the enabling works, the main construction period follow and is due to complete by December 2020.
The project has been backed by £5m from the Government, which was first announced by then-chancellor George Osborne in May 2016. The council is also providing £6m towards the scheme, with the remainder coming from a £14m contribution from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Single Investment Fund. Some of the £14m pot is also going towards improving Prescot train station.
Plans were approved by Knowsley Council in April 2016, and an updated design was signed off in November last year. The professional team includes Helm Architecture as lead architect; Austin-Smith: Lord as support architect; Mott MacDonald as structural engineer; and Aecom as M&E, cost, and acoustics consultant.
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