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Shakespeare North Playhouse Moves Closer With Key Appointments

Knowsley’s Shakespeare North Playhouse has moved a step closer after a number of key appointments.

Mott MacDonald and AECOM Ltd have teamed up with lead architect Helm Architecture on the £26 million Prescot project, which was given the go ahead by Knowsley Council in April.

The Shakespeare North Playhouse will be constructed just metres from the site of the original Elizabethan theatre which stood in the town during the 1590s and was the only purpose-built playhouse anywhere in the UK outside of London.

Austin-Smith: Lord LLB has been named as the supporting architect alongside AECOM Ltd, which will provide mechanical and electrical engineering services whilst Mott MacDonald will deliver structural engineering services.

The development is due to boost the local economy by more than £10 million, with the creation of 210 construction jobs and 57 full-time positions once open.

Councillor Mike Murphy, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, commented:

“Securing these key appointments is a significant milestone in the development of the playhouse, which reiterates our commitment to delivering a playhouse in Prescot.

“We look forward to working with Helm Architecture, Austin-Smith: Lord LLB, AECOM Ltd and Mott MacDonald Ltd, and their experienced teams, to deliver this exciting project.”

Peter Scott, chair of Shakespeare North Trust added: “Our vision to have a playhouse in Prescot began 12 years ago and we’re delighted at the support and interest we have received in turning this vision into a reality.

“These key appointments will help us to recreate a Shakespearean theatre in Knowsley – which was home to the only freestanding purpose-built Elizabethan era theatre outside of London.”

Last month, the Shakespeare North Trust revealed more about its plans for the playhouse during a private dinner at The Globe on London’s South Bank as part of Knowsley’s showcase during MIPIM UK.

Subject to funding, construction on the facility is due to commence in September next year.

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