Today, Kier Regional Building Scotland joined Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Leader of Glasgow City Council, Susan Aitken and April Chamberlain, Chair of Citizens Theatre to officially mark the start of work on site for the major redevelopment of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow.

The £21.5m redevelopment of the building, which has played host to some of the UK’s finest actors, will transform the experiences of audiences, participants and performers and secure the future of one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings and leading producing theatres.

Kier will lead the most comprehensive redevelopment of the category B listed building in its 140-year history, to transform an ageing and vulnerable building into a vibrant and inspiring cultural venue for communities across Scotland.

Designed by Bennetts Associates, the new theatre will provide improved accessibility, with level access from the street right through to the theatre and protect the centre piece Victorian auditorium and other unique period features. The building will also benefit from a new bar and café facilities as well as improved rehearsal, learning and studio spaces, which will include a new multipurpose 152 seat performance studio.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister said: “The Citizens Theatre is more than just a building. Over its 140 years it has hosted performers, welcomed audiences and been a genuine hub for the Gorbals community.

"The Citizens Theatre has a very special place in Scotland’s cultural landscape and I am delighted that, thanks to this joint investment including £4.5m from the Scottish Government, its future has been secured for generations to come.”

Sean O’Callaghan, Operations Director, Kier Regional Building Scotland, said: “We are delighted to mark this important milestone as we begin work to restore, improve and safeguard the prestigious Citizens Theatre for future generations to enjoy. We have a wealth of experience in developing theatre and heritage projects and look forward to turning the vision into reality. Importantly, as with all the work we carry out, we will provide jobs for the local community by working with our supply chain to offer a range of diverse employment and training opportunities throughout this landmark project.” 

April Chamberlain, Chair, Citizens Theatre said: “Today is a key milestone in the much-needed redevelopment of the Citizens Theatre. Our iconic home in the heart of the Gorbals is known throughout Scotland and the world over, not just for the theatre we make but for our extensive community and participation work. Thanks to the vital support of our funders, the theatre is being secured for theatre-makers, audiences and the people of Glasgow. We can’t wait to move back in and start welcoming them back.”

The redevelopment is a 2-year construction project and the building will re-open in 2021.

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