Work is starting on a £3
million feasibility study of ways to develop the Royal Shakespeare
Company’s theatres and workshops in Stratford.
The ten month study is running
alongside a separate analysis of traffic issues in the town and will
form part of a detailed plan for the theatre’s regeneration.
The study will look at
continuing operations in Stratford without disruption throughout any
construction programme. Ultimately it will also produce an
A raft of experts have been
appointed by the RSC for the project. Once the feasibility and
consultation process is over, plans for the area will be drawn up.
The two studies will examine
how theatre audiences, visitors and local residents can most
conveniently travel to and from the area by all methods of transport.
The studies will also make
recommendations for improving the design of public spaces near the
theatre and see what improvements can be made to car parking and for
Theatre Projects Consultants (TPC)
have been appointed theatre consultants for the redevelopment, joining
the design team led by the RSC's principal architect Erick van Egeraat.
TPC's projects include
Glyndebourne Festival Theatre; The Royal Court Theatre; Manchester
Royal Exchange Theatre; The Lowry Centre, Salford; The Geary Theater,
San Francisco, USA; and The Cerritos Center for Performing Arts, Los
Gardiner & Theobald have
been appointed cost consultants to carry out an initial financial
assessment for the redevelopment.
Their role is to provide
preliminary advice on capital and revenue costs, value and risk
management, and other financial matters.
Alan Baxter & Associates
will be responsible for preparing a conservation plan during the study
to make sure that historic buildings on the RSC’s 14-acre estate are
considered alongside the area’s needs for the future.
The company is known for its
engineering expertise with historic buildings and in the assessment of
listed buildings and historic sites, including a number of
conservation plans. Previous projects of international significance
they have worked on include the Tower of London environs; St Paul's
Cathedral; Hampton Court and the Royal Opera House.
Jones Lang LaSalle has been
appointed as planning advisors for the RSC redevelopment.
Specialists from its Birmingham and London offices will advise
on the urban planning and legislative implications of the scheme.
Halcrow Fox of Birmingham, one
of the UK's leading consultants in traffic and transport planning, has
been appointed transportation advisor for the project.
RSC Redevelopment Project
Director Jonathan Pope said:
"Redevelopment of the
RSC's Stratford home is a large and complex project and a key
element in contributing to a coherent vision for the future of our
“We are delighted to have
appointed these very distinguished professional advisors to our team
led by architect Erick van Egeraat.
“They bring a wealth of
international and local expertise to the project. As the feasibility
study progresses, we shall continue to consult widely and to work
closely with our regional partners to ensure that the redevelopment
enhances the future prosperity of Stratford and the region."
Council chief executive Ian Prosser said:
are very pleased to be working in close partnership with the RSC on
this vital project for the future of the region's economy, the
quality of living for its residents, and the quality of experience
for the many who visit it from all over the world."