Royal Court prepares to submit plans

Michael Hunt

The Royal Court Liverpool Trust released new images of its proposed refurbishment of the Grade 2 listed theatre ahead of a planning application being submitted to Liverpool City Council next week.

Designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the redevelopment is aimed at improving disabled access and creating better public access and circulation within the art deco building.

At a public exhibition held last week on Williamson Square, representatives from the trust were on hand to show the new plans which included a model of the theatre showing each floor as it will be once the renovation is complete.

The plans include a new glass fronted entrance and above balcony area, overlooking Roe Street.

In November 2010, the Royal Court Liverpool Trust was granted a long lease on the building of 30 years from Liverpool City Council.

A development grant of £116,200 was awarded from Heritage Lottery Fund last year towards the scheme.

In March last year, a £1 ticket levy was introduced on all tickets to shows at the Royal Court, which has raised over £80,000 to date and will be used as match funding for the trust's second round Heritage Lottery application.

If successful at second round, the trust said it will have raised over £1m and will begin renovation work early next year. The full cost of the scheme is over £10m.

The trust was formed in 2008 to look after the building.

Meanwhile, the publicly funded architecture and built environment centre for the North West Places Matter! is holding a free lunchtime talk with Paul Monaghan, from Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, at the Racquet Club in Chapel Street, Liverpool city centre.

The talk runs from 12.30pm until 1.30pm on Thursday 26 May. To register, email or call 0151 703 0135.

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