After 46 years, our Grade II-listed building needs major capital work, with all systems nearing their end of life and conditions deteriorating to the point of becoming unsafe.
After extensive community consultation and working with acclaimed architects Haworth Tompkins, we have completed the detailed design stage (RIBA 4.2) of a transformative redevelopment that will deliver a much-improved visitor experience and enhanced income-generating facilities within a greener, more efficient, and welcoming building.
With an industry-leading zero carbon target and dedicated theatre-making, learning, family and wellbeing spaces, including on-site scenic construction for the first time, the project will be “an exemplar of 21st century cultural space” (Haworth Tompkins).
We are making the most of the 1970s design and keeping most of its structure. Reconfiguring internal walls and extending the front pavilion will create larger and more welcoming front of house spaces.
Using sustainable materials, air source heat pumps, harvested rainwater, and greenery on external walls for insulation and biodiversity, the refurbishment will be a high-profile demonstration of sustainable theatre-making, replicable at other venues and transforming the way we work, make art, and engage with our communities.
The project will safeguard Wales’ most significant cultural asset for future generations, ensuring world-class theatre facilities are available for the development of Welsh talent, protecting opportunities for cultural participation for the people of North Wales, making public and backstage areas accessible and enjoyable for all, and permanently reducing carbon emissions.
All redevelopment images by Haworth Tompkins