• 19 June 2017

Waterman appointed on Bolton Octagon Theatre redevelopment

We are delighted to be appointed on the prestigious redevelopment of the Octagon Theatre located in Howell Croft South, Bolton.

The Theatre, which has a 50-year history is to be fully refurbished so as to improve accessibility and accommodation for the Theatre’s on and off-stage projects. Large sections of the building will be demolished and rebuilt around the core of the theatre’s auditorium to enhance the flexibility at the heart of the building. The redevelopment will also include two multi-purpose studio spaces for rehearsals, participation activities and performances, and new revamped café and bar areas.

Waterman is proud to be the M&E Consultant for this substantial development, working as a member of the Willmott Dixon Team, we will provide full mechanical and electrical engineering services in support of the refurbishment project, centred around improving the theatre environment and energy efficiency to create a sustainable and flexible strategy that fully aligns with the theatre’s operation.

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director, commented; “We will have more spaces available where our young people and community activities can take place and will enable us to make creative spaces fit for purpose in the 21st century as well as improving the experience of our audiences. Our vision for the Octagon is to have a building that will thrive for another 50 years to come and this new vision is an exciting step towards this.”

Tim Davies, Waterman’s Building Services Director, commented; “We are very proud and privileged to be able to work on such a prestigious scheme as the Octagon Theatre, being able to breathe new life into this focal building of the local community and ensure the building is ready for the next 50 years.”

The building will close from mid-2018 for project construction and is due to re-open in autumn 2019. During this time, the Octagon Theatre will remain open and active by operating in different spaces in and around Bolton.

To find out more about the Octagon Theatre, please click here.

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