Dixon will transform another cultural landmark after being appointed for a £8.5
million project to enlarge and modernise the 1960s built Octagon Theatre in
company’s refurbishment specialists are already restoring a number of local
attractions across the country, including Darlington Civic Centre, Plymouth’s
History Centre and the east wing at Alexandra Palace. In June, it was also chosen to refurbish the
world-famous Old Admiralty building to create a new head office for the
Department of Education.
Work at Alexandra Palace
Willmott Dixon has been appointed by Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council to create
a bigger, more modern Octagon Theatre that will enable thousands more people to
enjoy watching leading artists for another 50 years.
CGI of the new Octagon
through Scape Group’s Major Works Framework, the project will enlarge and
modernise the building to improve accessibility and accommodation for the
Theatre’s on and off-stage theatre projects. This will involve demolishing
large sections and rebuilding around the core of the theatre’s auditorium.
with architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and project manager Gardiner
& Theobald, the scope also includes refurbishing the existing theatre,
studio, foyer, back of house and administration areas and creating two
multi-purpose studio spaces for rehearsals, participation activities and
performances. The project will also provide
improved audience comfort with air conditioning and better seats.
to planning permission, it further enhances the redevelopment of Bolton town
centre. Elizabeth Newman, artistic director: “
The artistic and social
benefits to Bolton for the project will be incredible, as it will enable the
theatre to expand its community and artistic provision and therefore our reach
in the coming years. The aim of reimagining our building is to ensure
accessibility to all including audiences, participants and artists.”
follows Willmott Dixon’s redevelopment of Bolton Albert Halls, a Grade two
listed building which formed part of a wider town centre master plan to
encourage more visitors and investment into the town centre. The company is also on site nearby building Horwich
Leisure Centre, also for Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council.
Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North, said, “We are
delighted to be back in Bolton as part of the team that will restore such a
cultural landmark. Redeveloping buildings to create a lasting benefit for
communities is a specialism we are proud of at Willmott Dixon.”
the company brought back to life the iconic former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington,
which is now home to the Design Museum (below).
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