Grand design for Grand Theatre

Photo: David Hurst'The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Photo: David Hurst'The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

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The latest phase of upgrade work to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre has got the go ahead.

Blackpool Council has given listed building consent for changes to be carried out including the relocation of the original curved bar which will be moved from the third floor to the dress circle bar.

Also proposed are repairs to the ceiling, redecorating in areas and refitting of timber features.

Work began earlier this year on a £1m refurbishment of the 120-year-old Grade II theatre which included revamping the venue’s ground floor and box office, dressing rooms, offices and rehearsal space, after a £700,000 grant was secured from the Arts Council.

A design brief accompanying the latest planning application says: “The principle aim of the proposed development has been to preserve and restore the heritage assets that make the site worthy of its status whilst at the same time facilitating the improvements required to enable the Grand Theatre to continue to provide high quality facilities.

“The current proposal seeks a number of cosmetic repairs and restoration works to the dress circle bar.

“These require listed building consent due to the status of the building as grade II* listed, with the purpose of restoring the room back to its former glory and preserving its traditional character.”

No changes to the layout are proposed as part of the latest phase.

The design statement adds: “The proposed works would seek to retain the traditional character and appearance of the building’s internal fabric, with complementary repair work and restoration of original features.”

The whole project is being funded by the SITA Trust, The Theatres Trust, and the Friends of The Grand, with design by Preston-based architects Cassidy and Ashton.

Planners approved the application using their delegated powers.

SITA has given its maximum £60,000 grant for the project.