Willmott Dixon has been appointed by Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council for a £8.5 million project to enlarge and modernise the town’s 1960s built Octagon Theatre.
Procured through Scape Group’s Major Works Framework, the project will 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.
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.
The contract 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.
Anthony 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’s refurbishment specialists are already restoring a number of attractions across the country, including Darlington Civic Centre, Plymouth’s History Centre and the east wing at Alexandra Palace.
In June, Willmott Dixon was chosen to refurbish the world-famous Old Admiralty building to create a new head office for the Department of Education.
Last year the company brought back to life the iconic former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, which is now home to the Design Museum.