Grand Theatre Lancaster October 2018

Plans in for revamped Lancaster Grand

Architect 3DReid has outlined proposals for a two-storey new-build extension of Lancaster’s grade two-listed Grand Theatre.

The proposals by 3DReid will create an additional 4,200 sq ft of space in a two-storey extension providing a new entrance, box office, and a stair core to the theatre’s existing circle, stalls, and first-floor performance space. It also has the potential to accommodate some café space.

The grade two-listed theatre sits to the North East of the city centre, within a conservation zone; the site of the proposed extension covers around a quarter of an acre to the rear of the existing building along St Leonard Gate.

This extension will be joined to the existing building via a glazed link, while the new-build exterior will be clad in sandstone rainscreen with glazed curtain walling.

A stone-paved plaza to the front, featuring tree planting, will face St Leonard Gate and the architect said this would “help to promote the theatre and its cultural significance to the city”.

The trustees of the theatre have been looking at enhancing the building and integrating it into the long-discussed Canal Corridor North site since 2005, and the updated planning application has now come forward, following an initial application which was submitted and then withdrawn in 2016.

Earlier this year, Lancaster City Council announced it had terminated its development agreement with British Land on the 16-acre Canal Corridor North site, and that it would be creating a new development framework for the area. The Grand is set to fall within this masterplan.

The professional team also includes structural engineer Rydal Engineering; quantity surveyor Kynoch Lewis Partnership; Waterman as ecological consultant; and building services engineer ESC.

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