Kier Construction has been selected to deliver the first stage of the Citizens Theatre’s £19.4 million redevelopment project in Glasgow. During this comprehensive redevelopment of the Victorian building, the theatre will be closed starting with the summer and will reopen in late 2020.
“This appointment marks the next phase in our Redevelopment Project. Kier has a wealth of experience in delivering theatre and heritage projects and it’s hugely exciting to be welcoming them to the team, led by architects Bennetts Associates, to realise our vision for the Citizens Theatre,” commented Judith Kilvington, executive director of Citizens Theatre. “Our new building has been redesigned to create level access for staff, participants and audiences members. When we reopen to the public they will easily be able to visit and view some of the best examples of theatre heritage in Europe.”
For the project, Kier will work alongside the Theatre and its Design Team to make sure the Second Stage is achieved. Then, the company will carry out the construction work to transform the Victorian building. It will also contribute to the local community by providing employment and training opportunities.
“We’re delighted to restore, improve and protect the iconic Citizens Theatre. This builds on our solid record of working on major heritage projects, including The Mackintosh Building at Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Aberdeen Music Hall and most recently, The Burrell Collection,” said Brian McQuade, Kier Construction Scotland and North East managing director.
Owned by Glasgow City Council, the Category B listed building has been leased to the Citizens Theatre Company for more than 70 years. Over the next two years, the company will keep producing shows at Tramway, Scotland Street School Museum and other venues throughout the country.
The redevelopment project has already secured £17.8 million from Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, the Scottish Government, The Robertson Trust and other trusts and individuals. Those wishing to contribute to the remaining £1.6 million can do so through the theatre’s ‘We Are Citizens’ public fundraising campaign.